Ask the Experts: How Many Reps Should I Do to Get Stronger?

Find out how many sets and reps you need to perform in order to build strength.

Q: How many reps should I do per set in order to gain strength?

A: To develop strength, follow a structured program that begins with high reps (between 10 and 12) and light weight. Over an eight-week period, gradually reduce the reps and increase the weight. During the finals weeks, perform sets of 4 to 8 reps at approximately 80 to 90 percent of your one rep max.

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Q: How many reps should I do per set in order to gain strength?

A: To develop strength, follow a structured program that begins with high reps (between 10 and 12) and light weight. Over an eight-week period, gradually reduce the reps and increase the weight. During the finals weeks, perform sets of 4 to 8 reps at approximately 80 to 90 percent of your one rep max.


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