Why You Need to Stop Worrying About Rep Ranges and Just Start Lifting

The other day I was browsing through the Fitocracy feed and saw a post from a user who was freaking out about what rep range she should use.

After reading her post, I just had to say something.

This was my response (copy/paste):

My take — don’t worry too much about the little things that don’t matter.
For instance, when it comes to your workouts, do a little bit of both low-rep and high-rep schemes. Do your compound lifts, continue to lift heavy, and do all the other stuff that you enjoy, whatever they may be. Think about it this way — the results you put in the gym will mainly come from HOW hard (and smart) you train, not necessarily WHAT you do.
When in doubt, ask yourself: “Am I kicking ass right now in the gym, or am I just sitting here overthinking everything?”.

Let me expand on that a little bit.

You see, in the fitness industry there’s just way too much information out there. And when I say too much, I mean a shit ton. Guess what? All that’s doing is confusing the shit out of you, which then causes you to get nowhere. I’ve seen it time and time again.

Take that post above by the Fitocracy user, for example. There’s a reason why she’s asking all those questions, and it’s because she’s heard a bunch of things from a bunch of different people. I mean, sure, there really is an optimal rep range based on what you’re trying to achieve in the weight room, but all that stuff should be considered only after the basics have been taken care off. From the sounds of it, she doesn’t have it down yet because otherwise she wouldn’t be asking about what rep range to do for fat loss.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not her fault at all for not knowing. What I am trying to say though is that sometimes we over-complicate things; we worry about the little stuff that’s supposed to come later on in the process.

Remember, stick to the basics: get your butt to the gym on a consistent basis, train hard (and heavy), don’t neglect bodyweight movements, strive to get better with every training session, eat well, get plenty of sleep, etc.

Jim Rohn said it best:

Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.

And that, right there, applies to everything else that you do in life.

Originally published at vonblancofitness.com on January 26, 2015.

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