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Ditch the Rep Range Obsession: The New Science of Building Muscle

Forget the endless debates about "perfect" rep ranges. Science is dropping a truth bomb: you can build serious muscle regardless of whether you crank out low reps with heavy weights or go high-rep with lighter ones. As long as you're pushing yourself to failure, your muscles will respond with growth.


A fit woman in a black and white sports bra with polkadots is doing biceps curls with a focused look on her face.

Bye-Bye Rep Range Myth

For years, the fitness world worshipped the 6-12 rep range for hypertrophy (muscle growth). But new research, like a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, debunks this myth. The truth? Effort, not a specific rep range, is king. Whether you go heavy and low-rep or light and high-rep, as long as you're working your muscles to the limit, they'll grow.


Finding Your Fitness Sweet Spot

That said, the 6-12 rep range does have its advantages. It's a sweet spot for many because it lets you lift challenging weights without needing long rest periods between sets, keeping your workouts efficient.


Love High Reps? No Problem!

But don't despair if you prefer high-rep sets or group fitness classes. High-rep sets pushed to failure can still trigger muscle growth. Remember, effort is key!


Muscle Growth: A Multi-Factor Equation

Building muscle is a team effort, and rep range is just one player. Don't forget the importance of diet, sleep, and a well-rounded training program.


The Takeaway: It's All About YOU

The idea that 6-12 reps are the only way to grow muscle is outdated. Embrace your individuality! Whether you're a low-rep, heavy-weight kind of gym warrior or a high-rep, cardio queen, pushing your limits is what matters most. So ditch the rep range obsession, find what works for you, and watch those muscles grow!


Want More Muscle?

Consider working with me to personalize your plan and unlock your full muscle-building potential. Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all approach. Find your fitness style, push yourself hard, and get ready to see results!



Amira Lamb performing a split on the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn New York


 

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