So as not to further derail the weight loss thread, I’m starting a new one for my weight training question.
I’ve adjusted my eating and started a treadmill regimen. I’m losing weight and I’m feeling better. Now I want to add in some weights (well, BowFlex, to be precise). Back when I used to work out, I adjusted the weight so I could handle three sets of ten reps each. If I felt like I could keep going after the third set, I’d add a bit more weight next time. If I couldn’t finish, I’d remove a little bit.
I was recently told that I should instead be doing the most I could possibly handle, even if I can only do it once. Wait a few minutes, and do it again. Repeat until I can’t do it at all.
Which is the correct approach?
(Just to provide full information, I’m not looking for muscle bulk or trying to develop six-pack abs. I’m 51 years old, and I just want to be able to do stuff I used to be able to do before I gained this weight: Hoist a 90-pound bale of hay onto a 5-foot stack without straining; carry a 50-pound sack of grain around the house and down to the barn without having to stop and set it down halfway; lift something heavy into the bed of my truck without having to call for help.)