Strength vs. Endurance

September 15th, 2008

One of the biggest exercise myths that has been passed down from generation to generation is the saying, "more reps with less weight will tone you up while less reps and more weight will bulk you up." It's been said so much that most people think this is actually true. So is there even a difference between doing a high and low repetition workout? Yes, but the difference isn't in the way you'll look.

Doing more reps with less weight will help you build up endurance while doing the opposite will help with strength. Think of endurance as being able to do something that takes a moderate amount of energy for a strength vs endurancelong period of time, for example: holding up something fairly heavy for more than just a few seconds. You can also think of endurance as repeating something over and over again for an extended period of time without getting tired.

Strength is the ability to do something that takes a huge amount of energy for a very limited period of time, for example: lifting something that is very heavy once or twice. With muscular strength, you'll be able to pick up a very heavy object a few times.

With muscular endurance, you'll be able to pick up an object many times without getting tired. While at the gym, you can control which one you need based on your workout routine. Out in the real world, you never know whether you'll need strength or endurance to complete everyday tasks.

This is why you should build your routine around both elements. Don't just focus on one. Read about a few more exercise myths and grab a free personalized workout routine if you need help making one.

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