How much weight should I use for each exercise?
The weight you use during exercise depends on your goals and current strength levels. If your goal is to become a strength athlete like a powerlifter or a weightlifter, your focus is on improving your one rep maximum on the competition lifts such as the squats and deadlifts. This means you don’t a lot of repetitions and sets in the gym and instead you go for heavier loads that you can do for 3-5 reps. With bodybuilders the goal is muscular development not necessarily strength so they go for lighter weights for more reps and sets. The most important thing to keep in mind, regardless of your goals, is proper technique and good form. If your form is shaky and you can’t handle a particular weight well, then choose a lighter weight or move on to the next exercise.
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