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rbig
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weight lifting

Post by rbig » January 30th, 2012, 12:50 pm

I'm 70, and have an ICD (St Jude). I'm pretty well recovered from my problems.

I'd like to do some weight lifting.

For strength, are light weights and lots of reps best-----or----- is heavy weight with fewer reps best?

I'd just like to get some of the old strength I used to have back.

JoeNH

Re: weight lifting

Post by JoeNH » January 30th, 2012, 4:01 pm

For strength .... heavier weight, fewer repetitions

For endurance .... lighter weight, greater repetition

However, that is NOT to suggest that strength will not be improved with lighter weight. It will. It'll just take longer. And it is NOT to suggest that heavier weight will not improve endurance. It will. It'll just take longer.

My recommendation (and I'm no expert) is to err on the side of lighter weight and greater repetition. With a little bit of patience and a little bit of determination, most people are surprised at what terrific things can be accomplished while lifting extremely modest amounts of weight. Lifting heavier weights can cause your blood pressure to spike up. That's usually not a good thing in our crowd.

rbig
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Re: weight lifting

Post by rbig » January 30th, 2012, 5:18 pm

Thanks. Good info.

And yes----blook pressure spikes may not be a good thing in our crowd..........

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