How to Select Your Starting Weights

It's best to choose a weight with which you're able to control the tempo of the lift and the range of motion. Because your repetitions will usually be around 12 per set, select a weight with which 10 reps would be nearing failure, the point at which you cannot complete another repetition. Another way to look at it: If you can complete 12 to 15 repetitions of any exercise without any difficulty, the resistance is definitely too light. The key is to challenge your muscles—make them feel like they're working—in order to stimulate changes in your body.

Patty Bonialei's Exercise Tip

Concentrate on the muscle you are working.

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