“How Much Weight Should I Use?”
Do any of you have a question or statement that, when blurted out, automatically sets off your inner Jaws theme music playlist?
For guys it could be something like, “hey, wanna go see the latest Julia Roberts movie?” or worse your girlfriend comes home and says, “I know what we could do tonight instead of watching Game of Thrones. Lets talk about our feelings!”
For the ladies some prime examples could be “babe, do you mind if the guys come over to play some cards?” or “was that good for you?”
There’s no right or wrong answer here. We’re all human. It’s in our nature to get annoyed on occasion.
I hate to say it, but for me there’s one question that sometimes (not always) sets me over the ledge.
“Tony, how much weight should I use?”
I feel guilty because it’s a question, especially for those who aren’t seasoned veterans in the weight room, is applicable and is a reasonable one to ask. Moreover, as a strength coach it’s my job to guide people and point them in the right direction.
Sometimes I have to fight back the urge to say something along the lines of, “if you can do more reps than what’s called for, it’s too light. If you can’t, take some weight off.”
But then I’d just be an a-hole.
On the flip side, I do feel that people – trainers and coaches included – tend to make things waaaaaaay more complicated than they have to be. This isn’t a question that should involve some advance algorithm or a degree from NASA.
In my latest article for BodyBuilding.com I try my best to break things down and explain how I approach the “how much weight should I use” conundrum.