How to select right amount of weight/sets/reps for your goal.
1RM - is the maximum amount of weight you can lift
Variable Training goal
Strength Power Hypertrophy Endurance
Load (% of 1RM) 80-90 45-55 60-80 40-60
Reps per set 1-5 1-5 6-12 15-60
Sets per exercise 4-7 3-5 4-8 2-4
Rest between sets (mins) 2-6 2-6 2-5 1-2
Duration (seconds per set) 5-10 4-8 20-60 80-150
Speed per rep (% of max) 60-100 90-100 60-90 60-80
Training sessions per week 3-6 3-6 5-7 8-14
150 lb Body Builders eat 3 lbs of meat equivalent per day; wow!
It has been speculated that the minimum protein intake required to promote muscle gain is about 1g/per pound body weight. Bodybuilders often consume 2g/per pound body weight per day. This means that a 150lb bodybuilder may consume 300g protein (equivalent to three pounds of meat or 50 eggs) per day. That’s a lot of protein to shove in…
Weightlifting is GOOD for your heart IF you don’t take steriods
It’s unfortunate that weightlifting gets a bad reputation because of steroid users. Source here.
try to “inflate” your stomach as you breathe in, while keeping your chest relatively still. Then contract your abdominal muscles on the exhale. Not only will this give you more oxygen per breath, it will eventually strengthen the diaphragm. A stronger diaphragm means you get more oxygen with each breath, so your brain won’t need to divert any away from your muscles, meaning that you get tired less easily. … A study on cardiac patients showed that this type of breathing leads to improved exercise performance and decreased shortness of breath, and it’s also been linked to lower blood pressure. This is the reason that so many coaches recommend breathing practice as a shortcut to sports-based superpowers.
When upright, most people are habitual chest breathers: We use a shallow form of respiration that makes use of only the top part of the lungs. In reality, most of the blood vessels that take up oxygen are in the bottom, neglected half. Since so much lung power is going to waste, we get less oxygen, and as a result, we’re all breathing more rapidly than nature intended us to.
Chest breathing also tends to upset the blood’s oxygen/carbon dioxide balance and can lead to headaches, fatigue, anxiety and even panic attacks. According to one expert, you’re also potentially suffering from sweaty palms, difficulty relaxing, heightened pain perception and general fatigue.
I always incorporate diamond pushups into my arm work outs (diamonds to regular to wide). This exercise fully activates the triceps, while also providing good muscle stimulation for the anterior shoulder, chest & some of the smaller muscles of the back & abs. With diamond pushups, the forces that the triceps must generate at the elbow are approximately 70% of your bodyweight. Regular pushups require 45%.