Hi all, a few questions.
Its been suggested that I look through the articles for plans good for beginners, particularly when it comes to the kinds of lifts I’ve been doing and nutrition. There are a LOT of articles here and I’m having trouble finding this kind of info.
Can someone give me some good search keywords for browsing info relevant to my needs?
In general to maximize strength and muscle mass gains, what %age of my max should I be lifting? My first week I kind of experimented with the various machines to find what I liked / didn’t like and to evaluate my strength. My target for most groups, other than my shoulders (which I have read dont respond well to heavy lifts) has been to find a weight that I can get 4-6 reps at, approaching failure on 6.
In general I go for 3 or 4 sets (depending on the muscle) at this weight, and so far I find that set 3 or 4 I am either barely finishing or failing one or two reps early. Is this the proper approach?
Other have suggested that I keep a log of my activities as a means to evaluate my progress to my goals. Would starting a thread here that I update be appropriate? If not, is there a forum for these kinds of threads?
Thanks for the info.