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Gym Rat Blues

Not Enough Weight, Dude!

There’s a group of men out there who want to look lean and trim without the bulk of a bodybuilder. Sure, most guys at the gym are meatheads, but not all, right?

If you’re one of those lean muscle dudes, you very well might be lifting lighter weights for some crazy number of reps. That can sort of work, but you’d actually be a lot more efficient at the gym — while looking less like a Mama’s boy – with a bit of extra weight.

In general, you shouldn’t be able to do more than three sets of 15 with any free weight that’s worth your time. If you can, you’re not lifting heavy enough. Try fewer reps of a slightly heavier weight, even if that’s only five pounds or so.

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