It’s not unusual to feel confused and overwhelmed when you step into the weight room if it’s been awhile — or if you’re completely new to it. One question that commonly crops up is: How do I know how much weight to lift?
If you’ve found yourself asking this question, rest assured the answer isn’t too complex. But before we can get into the specifics, you need to identify your strength-training goal, as it will determine how many reps you’ll perform, which will then dictate how light or heavy to go with the weights.
Here’s a breakdown of the most common strength-training goals: