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How much resistance should I use in my strength training program?

The amount of sets you should perform per workout for your resistance training exercises depends on what goal you are trying to achieve and your level of resistance training experience. For example, to improve endurance it is recommended to perform 1-3 sets per exercise per workout; to improve strength it is recommended to perform 2-6 sets per exercise per workout; and to improve power it is recommended to perform 3-6 sets per exercise per workout. Regardless of the desired goal, it has been suggested that to prevent overtraining, no more than 24 to 36 total sets should be performed per workout; however, for a beginner to resistance training this number may be as low as 5-12 total sets.

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