One of my first ever fitness qualifications when I was 18 was teaching free weights and I remember finding it really hard to execute some of the exercises – (I’d only ever done Jane Fonda’s fitness videos ). In fact I failed the exam the first time and had to re sit .
Anyhow fast forward 30yrs and lifting weights is still my favourite way to shift fat.
Why? Science has found that by lifting between 60-80% of your 1 rep max is the best way to stimulate muscle growth, which is what helps you lose fat.
So how do you know how much to lift if you don’t know your 1 rep max? You can estimate the amount by counting the number of reps you can do with different weights. If you’re a beginner, keep your reps between 8 and 16, especially if you’re lifting weights to lose weight, get fit, and stay strong.
Make sure you are challenging yourself. If you can do more than 16 reps you need to up your weight. Always make sure you have someone spotting you if you are using free weights too