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Training for general fitness

Discussion in 'General Health/Fitness & Injuries' started by Tactical70, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. Tactical70

    Tactical70 Member

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    Hi, I would like some advise on weight training for general fitness, I currently have no training plan but go every other day to the gym. I am doing 3 sets of 20 per upper body part which takes around 45 mins, rest about 1-2 mins in between sets. My main sport is running but can't do that at the moment as I have a knee injury! I also do a quick ab workout at home each day. My question is am I doing enough at the gym for general toning? Regards
     
  2. Tactical70

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    Can someone please help :-)
     
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    Define "General Fitness".....:read:
     
  5. HevyMetal

    HevyMetal Well-Known Member

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    Tactical70:-


    In your original post you are "weight training" and doing 3 sets for 20 reps a set.

    This would put you in "endurance" class training.

    For strength, basically you would go less reps.......sets of 5 reps or less with heavier weight.

    For muscle size and also strength:- sets of 8 reps, progressive weight

    For size, but not concerned about strength:- 10 or 12 reps per set, progressive weight.


    Hard to know what you mean by "general fitness".

    Increased fitness without muscle size?
    Cardiovascular fitness?
    Athletic fitness?
    Increased power?

    In bodybuilding the goal is to always increase the weight progressively in some way to make muscles grow.

    In some forms of fitness, increasing the weight progressively doesn't enter the picture entirely.

    Programs like P90X cab get you pretty fit.

    But...if you're a powerlifter you won't be doing that.

    If you are training for endurance events, huge muscles are not your friend.
     

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