Guidelines for Getting the Most from Strength Training Routines

For many individuals they approach their goals with no real guideline or plan to ensure that they reach their fitness goals.  Apply the guidelines in the chart below for the best way to train each of the four basic muscular aptitudes.

For most people it is best to focus on one goal at a time.

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Strength Power Muscle Mass Endurance
Percent of 1 rep max 80-90 70-90 60-80 40-60
Reps per set 1-5 1-5 6-12 15-60
Sets per exercise 4-7 3-5 4-8 2-4
Rest between sets in minutes 2-6 2-6 2-5 1-2
Speed per repAs a percent of maximum speed 60-100 90-100 60-90 60-80
Minimum sessions per week 3 3 5 8