Whenever I do upper body lifts I never feel Iike I’m exerting that much energy - I don’t really sweat or get out of breath. If I try to go heavier, I end up just not being able to do the rep. The same thing happens when I try to add another set. Any advice?

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Just to clarify: you get to failure, i.e., you’re not able to perform another clean set? Then it’s fine. Lifting is not cardio, you don’t need to sweat or get out of breath doing it.


Lifting doesn’t burn nearly as many calories as people think (cardio burns far more per session). But it is critically important for long term body composition and therefore, for your basal metabolic rate (calories burned just to stay alive, basically). Also, sweating and breathing heavily are not great indicators of a good workout, anyway so don’t worry about it if your program is on track.


Very valid and important point! A crazier context: a casual walk at 3 mph burns roughly the same as an intense lifting session.


Gotta find that sweet spot where your 10th rep is almost to failure. Shorten time between sets and also try super sets - bench press + dips or push ups or pec flies with dips or weights etc.

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