Weight training question....

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  1. DavidL

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    Do we have any weight training experts here? I have a question.
     
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    I'm not an expert, but I play one on the internets.

    Anyway, what is your question?
     
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    Actually, before you joined David there was a long and drawn out thread between two members. One was a high school coach and the other was a professional trainer.

    Ask your question, and then sit back and watch the fireworks, lol. Both know what they are doing, but don't always agree on the BEST way to train. Maybe since you don't play football it might not be a debate.
     
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    Okay, here we go. I am nearly 67 years old. I have read that we lose muscle as we age, if we don't lift weights. I run, bike. and hike,but never lifted weights.

    For best health results, I have been told that I should begin with a weight I can lift 16 times and work up to 24 reps. Then add weight to get back to where I can do only 16 reps and work to 24 reps, then add more weight, etc. Does this make sense?
     
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    Lower weight more reps if u want tone.
    Heavier weight less reps if u want bulk .

    A ur age u should go the lower weight more reps route . And start slow - otherwise you'll get too sore right off the bat and it'll make u quit .
     
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    Thanks. So is 16 reps a good number to start with? Then increase weight a bit when I can do 24? That is what was suggested.
     
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    Yeah but add weight gradually - 5 to 10 lb increments when u decide to go up . Make sure ur not straining too much . I know a guy who had a stroke at 46 while lifting . Was going too heavy and the pressure in his head caused it .
     
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    Thanks. I'll take it easy. I will just add 5 pounds when I get to 24 reps and then cut back to 16 reps until I can do 24.
     
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    I have added bulk before and toned before by going low weight high rep, a large part of it is your diet, how many calories you're burning in other activities whether it be exercise/work/gardening etc.
     
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    David, I agree on high rep/low weight, but just a suggestion: Use free weights, as lifting with them will work the stabilizer muscles that surround your joints and the subtle extra movement will help keep your body better prepared for balance. Machines isolate muscles. Be careful and stay within your capabilities.
     
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