I'm a member at crunch fitness, I'm starting to add some full body workouts to my gym time. my question is how many reps do i do for weight loss and strengthening? also do i take breaks in between each rep?

Answer:

Thanks for the question. And I’ll answer the best I can without knowing more about you – i.e. without performing a physical assessment to make sure you perform exercises/reps you can handle. (I see you train at Crunch and generally they have very qualified trainers, who would be more than willing to answer the question and do a quick assessment – always best to at least get one workout with a qualified trainer).

In lieu of this, here’s my recommendation from afar:

A great way to set up your weight training exercises to maximize your time and increase your cardiovascular fitness at the same time as your muscular strength is a method referred to as vertical loading. What this means is choose 1 exercise per body part (or compound movements) and perform 1 set of 10-12 repetitions. Then move to your next exercise and do the same until you have completed all of the exercises one time. As you get better at this, try to minimize your rest as you move from exercise to exercise. In the beginning let's just do this circuit one time. As you progress you can do this circuit 2 to 3 times per workout, up to two to three times per week with a day of rest in between. By doing your work out this way, you ideally will be moving the entire time (as opposed to a designated rest to performing the same exercise multiple times in a row) which can enhance calorie expenditure and assist you with weight loss as well.

We hope this helps, and again please reach out to management at the club for any assistance, I promise they would be happy to help you in a Hands-On approach. Please let us know if you need any more help with anything!