It’s a good thing I pre-wrote some posts over the weekend in anticipation of a busy week.
Between work, working on the shuttle bus on the way home, coming home and working, getting exercise in, visiting friend’s cat while she is away, being dressed suitably for work each day and still eating healthy I really had to do some planning over the weekend.
And it helps that I stole this directly from a Facebook post from In-Shape City (my gym):
The amount of weight you lift should be dependent on your desired muscular development goal. What does this mean?
If you want to build muscle size and strength–heavy weights, which you can properly lift approximately 6-10 times is the most effective, resting at least one minute between each exercise set.
If you want to tone your muscles–lighter weights, which you can properly lift approximately 12-20 times is the most effective, resting less than 1 minute between each exercise set.
Remember! Mix things up to prevent plateaus: light weights, heavy weights, super-sets, stability balls, boss ball, kettle-bells, etc.
I feel like attending classes really helps me mix things up. Sometimes I work out on my own and I try to vary it up. But classes give me new ideas and challenge me. And I can chose whether I want to go with a heavier weight or lighter–depending on how I am feeling that day or how strong my body feels as well.