Our expert says:
You have to start with what you can manage, and it’s usually a bit of a compromise early on because if you go too light, then you’ll soon “outgrow” them, because initial improvements are often quite rapid. So you have to start with a little more than you might want to, but not so heavy that you can’t adapt and end up unable to train consistently. It’s also tricky because for different exercises, you might have different initial ability – for example, you might need lighter weights for shoulder exercises than for bicep curls. So the best is to find a weight that you can lift maybe 10 times before “failure” (or fatigue), and then start with one set of 10 repetitions. As you improve, add sets (2 sets of 10 first), and then reps (2 sets of 15) until you get to 3 sets of 15 reps. Then it’s time to upgrade and increase the weight.
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