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How HEAVY Should Your Weights Be?

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For maximum results and safety,
you need to choose different weights for different exercises!
To find out what size weights you should be using for an exercise, find the heaviest one that you can use with proper form. (So, one bicep curl, if that’s what you’re going for).  Then to do your actual reps, you’ll want about 65% of the weight of your heavy one.  So let’s say that you can lift a 15-pound weight safely in one arm – 65% of that would be around 10lbs.  Use a 10lb weight to do your reps.

TIP: If you’re on your last rep and feel like you could do a few more, it’s time to increase the weight!

zumba toning sticks
The Exception:
No matter how much you normally lift, during a Zumba Toning class you need to use Sticks (pictured) or free weights that are 3lbs or less!  This is because you’ll be using them for quicker, more repetitive movements than you would during your typical strength training workout.  Trust us – you’ll feel it working!

Try Zumba Toning on Mondays at 10am, Victory West!



Kathie Brown

Certified NASM and AFAA Personal Trainer. Over 20 years experience. Specializes in weight loss, athletes and women body building and leaning out. Crossfit athlete, trains and competes in Crossfit competitions. Took the L1 Crossfit course and completed the judges course. Enjoys working with all levels and body types and loves seeing her clients get stronger and feel confident.

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