How to Pick the Right Weight for You at the Gym

Learn how to pick the right weight for you from certified personal trainer Max Tapper in this Howcast gym workout video.

Hi guys. This is Max Tapper again for Howcast, and today I’m going to talk about how to choose the right weight for you.

Now, this is all very important, and it’s very specific to your goal. So if your goal is fat loss or endurance or building muscle or just building strength, they’re all going to be very different in terms of the weights you’re choosing.

If you’re going for endurance, I would say you’re going to choose a lot lighter weight. You’re going to going to work somewhere between 15 and 20 repetitions. So you’re going to choose a weight where you can get through 15 to 20 repetitions, and those last 4 or 5 reps. are going to be really tough, but you could get through it with perfect form.

Now, if your goal is hypertrophy, or muscle shaping, then the range you’re going to stay in is going to be 10 to 12, and you will choose the weight according. So you’re going to make sure you lift the heaviest amount of weight that you can handle under perfect control between 10 and 12 repetitions. That’s how you choose it.

Now if your goal is power lifting, and you just want to be strong, then obviously your rep range is going to be a lot lower. So that means you can lift a much heavier weight, so four to six reps for someone like a power lifter. Lift the heaviest amount of weight you could handle under perfect control.

But guys you see, dependent on your goal, your weight has to fall in line with the rep. ranges that you choose, you understand? And again, start off lighter, then work your way to much heavier weight, but always be safe, cognizant of what you’re doing, very careful and stable. Get out there, have a good time.