Making a Comparison of Training Routines

A new client found two strength training routines in a popular training magazine and asks which he should implement.

He states that his goal is to find the routine that provides the greatest total training volume in his designated training time.

The two training routines he presents are a strength training routine, which includes the use of higher weights (loads) with lower numbers of repetitions, and an endurance training routine, which includes the use of lower weights (loads) and higher numbers of repetitions.

The specifics of the two routines applied to this man’s one repetition maximum (1 RM) are:

  1. Strength Training Routine: 3 sets of 10 repetitions using 200 lb; or
  2. Endurance Training Routine: 3 sets of 15 repetitions using 150 lb.

Based on this information, which training routine has the greatest total training volume?

Correct answer: b.

  1. Strength Training Routine: 18,000 lb ft of mechanical work.
  2. Endurance Training Routine: 20.250 lb ft of mechanical work.
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