How much weight should I use for strength training?

Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
For strength training, it's wise to have a selection of light weights (1, 2, and 3 pounds) and resistance tubing or bands (light through medium resistance).

Select the highest weight or level of resistance that allows you to accomplish all of the following:
  • maintain good form throughout the exercise
  • stick to the specified tempo
  • complete the suggested number of reps and sets
  • achieve a full and pain-free range of motion
Wait until you find it easy to meet all four requirements before you increase the weight or resistance for a particular exercise. If it's difficult to meet any of the four, decrease the weight or resistance.

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