PRICE: Joint compression is a concern in older adults who work to complete fatigue/failure, but that is specifically referring to older adults. What is the latest thinking on the optimal number of reps and sets when you’re strength training?
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OLSON: You need a weight heavy enough to fatigue individual muscle groups in four to eight reps. You should build from two sets to three to four sets.
PRICE: Sets and reps can really be varied based on the goals of the individual. For a beginner, I usually recommend one to two sets of 12 to 15 reps with moderate weight.