I guess I'm confused. I'm really not sure how heavy I should go, how many reps/sets I should shoot for...
My goal is to build some bulk and a lot of strength in my upper body, and to maintain size and tone my legs.
I have a nice 6-pack coming along, but I would like to see a tad more definition.
My current training routine is:
Mon: cardio kick-boxing class
Tue: chest & shoulders, 20-30 minutes of cardio
Wed: abs/sculpt class
Thur: biceps, triceps and back, 20-30 minutes of cardio
Sat or Sun - one day is a long, lower-intensity cardio-60-90 minutes, and one is rest.
I also typically do about 30-45 minutes of yoga each morning - routine varies.
I have some pockets of fat (some are vestiges of my weight loss and excess skin issues) - mainly underarms and thigh saddlebags. I realize I can't spot reduce, so I'm working on my body fat ratio. I eat pretty clean, but I definitely see areas I can work on. I was at about 25% body fat, according to the last time I had it read, which was a while ago. For my age (43) it said it was okay, but I would like to see it lower.
So - after all that blathering on, my question is - currently I'm lifting weights for my upper body that I can do about 3 sets of roughly 10-12 reps with the third set being quite difficult (for me - weakling - that means about 8-10 lb dumbells for most upper body stuff). My legs are strong and get strong quickly - right now I'm doing about 12-15 reps on my leg exercises. I have a tendency to just randomly do squats - like when I'm brushing my teeth, and lunges when I'm talking on the phone. Can you tell I like to work my legs?
Should I shoot for higher reps and lower weights? Lower reps and higher weights? I think that to build strength and bulk I want higher weights/low reps, but will that also provide definition, or just bulk?
Sorry so long - just thought I'd try to give as much info as possible...