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Workout Tips From Yours Truly

womenworkoutWhen beginning an exercise routine it’s often difficult to understand what type of workout is best, and if low or high repetition exercise offers the most benefit. When researching the different options keep in a mind a few key facts about the body, and consider what exercises lead to the most individual benefit. Also, keep in mind what exercises are meant to achieve.

High repetition workouts target the muscles. Muscles have fibers that are employed to overcome resistance used in high repetition workouts. They use all the fiber in the muscle, and this is why many exercise enthusiasts refer to the process of repetition as feeling a slow burn in the muscle. High repetition exercise actually results in improved capillary functions. Capillaries are important since they carry blood to the muscles. Increased circulation in capillaries also means nutrients to muscles increases. Increased blood and nutrient delivery, along with increased repetitions in workouts results in reduction of body fat, and a more toned body.

Not only do high repetition workouts provide the body with benefits to the circulatory and muscle system, but they also present a routine that offers less risk of injury, more muscle mass, endurance and fat burning potential. Reduced risk of injury occurs because routines with a high level of repetition are generally performed by using light weights. The typical weight used should allow muscles to tire within 90 seconds or less.

Beginners should keep in mind that a high repetitions should be gained in time. Start with 8-12 repetitions a day. Build endurance by doing a few more each week or day. Work up to 15-20 repetitions. Building repetitions is not only important for endurance, but also allows for increasing metabolism. This is because muscle utilizes more calories than fat. This leads to a leaner, more toned body.

High repetition routines generally employ use of light weights to accomplish resistance in muscle tissue. Weights are used with different muscle groups, including arms, legs, stomach, and thighs. Use of hand, arm and leg weights with high repetitions can be included in normal workout routines, and will increase muscle toning. Hand or body weights are used in arm lifts, leg lifts, squats, step and aerobic exercises in endurance training. They are also used in light weight lifting for strength training. Benefits of high repetition exercises will result in increased health, body toning, strength and endurance, as well as more fat burning potential.