Finding your working weight for an exercise

Trying a new exercise or getting back into the gym? My recommendation is to choose conservative weights for each exercise. My dad told me as a child, “You can always add, you can’t always subtract.” He was a chef and he always felt if you put too much salt in a dish you’d ruin it. The same is true with picking too heavy of a weight- you will burn out too quickly and you won’t be able to get the volume you need to train adequately.

What I would do is gradually work yourself up in weight, making calculated decisions until your sets become too difficult to hold a conversation. You can apply this to any rep scheme.

Once you’ve established your working weight you should try to beat it week over week. This doesn’t mean adding massive amounts of weight, it could simply mean picking up 5lbs heavier than you did the previous week.

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