I own a Personal Training studio.
Why am I mentioning this obvious fact? Well, because of the word ‘Training’.
Training means that we systematically, scientifically and purposefully force the body to build muscle, endurance, lose fat and become more resistant to joint pain.
Working just means getting tired.
The most important quality we should train for in the weight room is Maximum Relative Strength – the ability, pound for pound, to lift a heavier weight on any given exercise.
This ability is like a bank account – the more Maximum Relative Strength you have the more fitness qualities you can buy.
If you can only pick up a maximum of 10 lbs then exactly how much endurance, balance, muscle building and fat burning capabilities do you think you can “buy”, as opposed to someone of the same body weight who can pick up 100lbs? Or 200lbs?!
Every time I make this point I get the follow up question of, well do I REALLY need to lift that much to see results?
Yes, yes you do.
Now a few more thoughts on the topic:
*It Is Relative To Body Weight
If you weigh 100lbs and I weigh 200lbs then the absolute amount of weight will be different for the two of us. It’s all about the Relative Amount of Weight.
*And, It Is Relative To Your Chosen Rep Range
We still want to use all of the rep ranges. They all produce different qualities of fitness but we should be striving to lift the heaviest weight possible at each respective rep range.
*Building Fitness VS Testing It
While we ARE trying to lift the heaviest weight possible for any given rep range we are also only working at a 7 out of 10 effort. Leaving a ‘bit in the tank’. This is how we can continue to lift heavier and heavier weights over time without hurting ourselves.
Furthermore, to directly answer the question of “how much should I lift?”, perform a ‘plus set’. Pick a target number of reps, say 10, and then perform 10 to 20 reps with your weight of choice.
P.S. – However you’re ready, here are 3 ways I can help you:
1. Try My Semi Private Personal Training
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Just reply back to this email with the word ‘Private’ and we can set up a time to talk about your goals to see if personal training is a good fit for you.
2. Train With Me From Anywhere
If you can’t make it to my facility in Austin, you can still train with the best!
I can train you on Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, or almost any video software that you prefer.
This is exactly like personal training, but it’s anywhere you need it to be, and it’s even more affordable.
If you are interested in my world class, anytime & anywhere program, reply with ‘online’ and I’ll get you all the details.
3. Let’s Do a Free Goal Achievement Call
If you’re feeling stuck or frustrated and want help figuring out how to reach your health and fitness goals, simply reply to this email and let me know you want to talk.
We’ll schedule a convenient time and I’ll help you with your fitness game plan. Just reply with ‘Call’ in the subject line and we’ll set up a time to talk.