How often should I increase the weight amount? Shoudl I increase it by 5 pounds every week?
Also wont I eventually hit a piont where I hit an amount I wont be able to lift at all? I am training in martial arts and dont want to bulk up to big.
Thanks in advance for the info. Looking forward to starting my program next week.
Sorry to say,,your question doesn't have a black and white solution.
It depends on Lots of factors;
4.your current state of fitness?
and many others!
I suggest you get a good book on "Starting weight Training"
or get a personal Trainer,,whichever you feel comfortable with and
learn about what is Involved with "Beginning-Fitness"
My favorite Book on Fitness is:
"SMART EXERCISE" By "Covert Baily"
a book worth its weight in Gold! on Fitness and Training!
hope that helped,,,
My Best to you!
Hi sigsaur. I think the simplest answer is: when you can. If you are recording each workout, and recording the weights and reps and exertion level on the scale from 5-10, you should be able to see when to increase. If you go through the progression of 12,10,8,6,12,12 and you're feeling like you could have done a few more reps after that last set of 12, make a note of it and plan to go up next time. With 6 sets for each muscle group, there are plenty of places to increase weight. Hope that helps.
Here is my personal experience at week 8 (41 & female)
I have increased weight in almost every exercise I do & not in any particular time..some exercises it may be a week others a full 4 weeks( I have very strong legs for a female & can do alot of weight with them & increase about every week..getting muscular & leaner not bulky) If you are a guy, you may bulk a little if you are doing really heavy weights and more sessions then listed for BFL
I switch up all the exercises I do every four weeks of the challenge (getting ready now for the next 4 weeks with all new exercises) & basically start over with the new exercises which gives me a huge challenge & lets me learn/perfect new exercises & where my starting points are for each muscle group.
For 4 weeks I was doing bicep hammer curls & hitting my high point (o6 reps) with 20lbs now 4 weeks later I hit it with 30 lbs..just depends on your strength & where you are for the day. Somedays are better then others but write it down so you have references. The more you do it, the more you learn & see how YOUR body challenges itself
GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING!!!!!!
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