Learning to Fail – Reps, Sets, Weight, Splits

It’s easy to get a work out that says “3 sets of 10 reps” and go to it with the same pair of dumbbells you’ve been using for 3 months. Always — ALWAYS — you need to be thinking about progressing your weight and eventually your sets. The variable in any strength work out is the weight. The reps and sets are chosen for whatever your primary goal is: gaining mostly strength, gaining mostly size, gaining mostly endurance. It’s a sliding scale, however, with plenty of overlap. Doing 4-6 reps for 3-5 sets is a strength-focused exercise. Doing 8-12 reps...