How Many Reps Should You Do?

Most people can complete 8-12 controlled repetitions with about 75% of their maximum resistance or 1 rep max. The higher the resistance, the lower the number of repetitions that can be completed; the lower the resistance, the greater the number of repetitions that are possible. The number of reps you should do depends on what your goals are. In general, 8-12 reps is a good median number.


Here is a chart that gives you an idea of how many reps you should do.




Muscle endurance gains   Strength gains

40-60% of max weight

>12 reps

70-80% of max weight

8-12 reps

85-90% of max weight

2-6 reps