High Rep Workouts…. are they beneficial?
Oh I get that question a lot. And you know what? It can be argued either way. Hear me out on this one. I’ve got a few reasons why I love and hate high rep workouts.
First of all, I teach a strength and sweat class 1, sometimes 2x a week. Some weeks we focus on high rep and sometimes we focus on HIIT/tabatas.
The reason why I LOVE high rep workouts:
It keeps the heart rate up
Builds strength endurance
A great cardio component
Great for body weight exercises and/or suspension training (like TRX)
My favorite TRX Moves I posted on instagram. Click to see the video!
Why we need to be careful with High Rep Workouts (in my opinion):
You can lose form and/or over rotate a motion, etc. FORM IS KEY. If you start to lose form, slow down.
It doesn’t necessarily build muscle (you must LIFT HEAVY for that and you definitely don’t want to lift heavy with high rep)
Not beneficial for those coming off an injury. Too much, too soon.
Like any workout, there are pros and cons, and you must figure out what works for you or what your body NEEDS.
For instance, I definitely won’t be doing these crazy high rep hill repeats with the kiwi. But.. that is what he needs to build strength and endurance for his triathlon training.
Burpees and squat jumps… YES! I’ll take it!
What’s your experience with high rep workouts? Do you find them beneficial?
Like I mentioned above- I do these workouts 1, maybe 2x a week. I find that I need more recovery/easy days than hard days.