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    Help! If Im going to use 8lbs dumbbells, how many reps would you recommend?

    I can only do 10 reps and my arms especially my left arm cant lift the 8lbs more than that. Would it be okay? Would it still toned my arms? I cant do more than 10 reps in lateral raises, front raises, hammer curls and side curls. Or do I need to use lower weights in those exercises?

    What do you think? Help!

    #2
    Practice tensing/flexing the muscles.

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      #3
      Originally posted by kiralescense View Post
      I cant do more than 10 reps in lateral raises, front raises, hammer curls and side curls. Or do I need to use lower weights in those exercises?
      Is it for all the exercises you mentioned the same? I would guess u can do more hammer/biceps curls than lateral or front raises. Can you be a little bit more specific about the exercises you told us about?

      In general 10 reps for 1 set is a good number. In most workouts you do between 8-12 reps per set.
      The last two reps of a set should be hard to do but it is important to keep a good performance till the end

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        #4
        Originally posted by SimonB View Post

        Is it for all the exercises you mentioned the same? I would guess u can do more hammer/biceps curls than lateral or front raises. Can you be a little bit more specific about the exercises you told us about?

        In general 10 reps for 1 set is a good number. In most workouts you do between 8-12 reps per set.
        The last two reps of a set should be hard to do but it is important to keep a good performance till the end
        SimonB

        I usually do split workout. Biceps and Triceps then Chest, Shoulders and Back on the other day.

        Please see pic because I dont all the names. Hahaha.


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        Based on the pic given by my friend, I need to do 15-20 reps but using 5lbs. Since Ive searched and many of my friends telling me that 5lbs wasnt enough to toned my arms faster, I have increased it to 8lbs. But not all exercises I can do with 8lbs. My arms hurt. Unlike when Im doing it using 5lbs. And that is my question is there a specific weights for a specific exercises? Because Im avoiding injury. And I cant contact my friend. 😁



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          #5
          kiralescense ... doing it with 5-pound weights preps your body to do the same thing with more.
          Sure, it may take a week or two to ramp up to 8-pound weights - longer to do so comfortably.
          But you really don't want it to be "comfortable", and if it gets there you'll want to up your poundage.

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            #6
            Originally posted by DaithiMeyer View Post
            kiralescense ... doing it with 5-pound weights preps your body to do the same thing with more.
            Sure, it may take a week or two to ramp up to 8-pound weights - longer to do so comfortably.
            But you really don't want it to be "comfortable", and if it gets there you'll want to up your poundage.
            DaithiMeyer Im doing these exercises using 5lbs for 4 months now. And I want to increase it as what others told me 😁 but they didnt clear to me if in all exercises I can do more than 10 hehehe. And if it is okay to do it with 10 reps. If its still can tone my arms ☺️

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              #7
              It sounds like a nice weight for you. It is said that the 8-12 rep range is for hypertrophy (gaining muscle mass), less than that would be for strength and more would be muscular endurance (12 to 20 reps or more), but within each of these 3 ranges you should pick weights that you can only do that number of reps with. For example if you aim for the 1-7 rep range you should use weight that you can't do more than 7, or 6, 5, etc., so the 8 pounds you are using will be ideal for the hypertrophy range but not quite so for the strength gaining range.

              What TheRaven says in this post:
              https://darebee.com/hive/info/123868...umbbell-weight

              It's just that I don't think it's feasible for people who work out at home and don't have access to a gym, like me.

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                #8
                Originally posted by kandy View Post
                It sounds like a nice weight for you. It is said that the 8-12 rep range is for hypertrophy (gaining muscle mass), less than that would be for strength and more would be muscular endurance (12 to 20 reps or more), but within each of these 3 ranges you should pick weights that you can only do that number of reps with. For example if you aim for the 1-7 rep range you should use weight that you can't do more than 7, or 6, 5, etc., so the 8 pounds you are using will be ideal for the hypertrophy range but not quite so for the strength gaining range.

                What TheRaven says in this post:
                https://darebee.com/hive/info/123868...umbbell-weight

                It's just that I don't think it's feasible for people who work out at home and don't have access to a gym, like me.
                kandy thank you! I just want to tone my arms because its saggy. And it was like theres a very small muscle definition on my biceps but triceps still saggy hahaha.

                And Ive read the link, TheRaven says, 'Go with a weight that is still challenging for most of the exercises of your workout.' -- Maybe 8lbs is a great for building more muscle. I will just use the 5lbs in other exercises but I think I need to do more reps than what Ive started. It was only 3 exercises that I cant do in 8lbs with more than 10 reps. Am I on the same page now?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by kiralescense View Post

                  kandy thank you! I just want to tone my arms because its saggy. And it was like theres a very small muscle definition on my biceps but triceps still saggy hahaha.

                  And Ive read the link, TheRaven says, 'Go with a weight that is still challenging for most of the exercises of your workout.' -- Maybe 8lbs is a great for building more muscle. I will just use the 5lbs in other exercises but I think I need to do more reps than what Ive started. It was only 3 exercises that I cant do in 8lbs with more than 10 reps. Am I on the same page now?
                  Yah, definitely

                  I think even with the endurance range you can add muscles and tone the arms, just less effective. Good luck! It's normal that you can do some but not the others, which happens to me as well. On the other hand there are probably ways to add stuff onto the 5lbs to make it heavier.

                  I feel like the dip is quite effective if you are looking for tricep building, which can be done with just bodyweight.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by kandy View Post
                    Yah, definitely

                    I think even with the endurance range you can add muscles and tone the arms, just less effective. Good luck! It's normal that you can do some but not the others, which happens to me as well. On the other hand there are probably ways to add stuff onto the 5lbs to make it heavier.

                    I feel like the dip is quite effective if you are looking for tricep building, which can be done with just bodyweight.
                    kandy the dip for real?? Maybe I didnt notice it yet. When Im doing that my arms are really tired hahaha. Again thank you! I thought I was the only one experiencing it and Im afraid that my bones will have a fracture if I continue it. Hahaha! Paranoid.

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                      #11
                      No problem!

                      The dip was said out of my own instinct because I felt a lot going on in my triceps and they tired pretty quickly when I did them for the tricep dips challenge (even more if I use a closer grip). My arms were pretty weak to start with, though, as I have left Darebee and training for a few months. It's only my 6th day into the challenge, with my feet touching the ground like the graphics.

                      My dumbbells are 2kg each and it's my only pair. I use them for endurance training. The able to do some but not the others problem might be a newbie thing (I am a newbie). I don't know, but you surely are not going to break your bones unless you hit them with the 8 pounds.

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                        #12
                        When I train with dumbbells I don't use the same weight for each set and even see what my 1 rep max is. my first set may be 8 reps then go for a weight doing 5 then 3 and 1, I found my strength go up quick that that 1 rep became 5. I only did 2 heavy weight arm exercises, standing alt DB curls and skull crushers. I do other movements like Zottman curls, wrist curls, my arms are also trained with other workouts, I do a 4 day split, arms one day, legs the next, then chest and back, and a shoulders day.

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                          #13
                          Thanks for your ideas kandy and thinman This is actually my first time to tone my arms. Ive started 4 months ago but I admit Im inconsistent. But since I really want to wear sleeveless again, I said this is the right time to go back in workout and get toned. So Ive done researches until I found this site. Ive talked to my friend who is also doing the same program which for her was really effective. We both have the same body built and height but Im stronger than her so I guess I can do this. I just need to be consistent this time hahaha. Thank you!!!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by kiralescense View Post

                            My arms hurt.
                            First of all, thats bad! Your arms shouldn't hurt at anytime. If you feel pain, stop the movement/exercise and lower the weight or make a rest.

                            Originally posted by kiralescense View Post

                            Based on the pic given by my friend, I need to do 15-20 reps but using 5lbs. Since Ive searched and many of my friends telling me that 5lbs wasnt enough to toned my arms faster, I have increased it to 8lbs.
                            I will try to give u a little direction/advise according to the pics you posted and your weights. I will go from left to right, row by row:

                            Number 1 = 8lbs / 16-20 reps
                            Number 2 = 8lbs / 16-20 reps
                            Number 3 = 8lbs / 12 -14 reps if you lift one dumbbell with both arms. If not, 5 lbs
                            Number 4 = 5lbs / 12 - 14 reps
                            Number 5 = 8lbs / 16-20 reps
                            Number 6 = you can do as much as you are able to do

                            Number 7 = 5lbs / 12 -14 reps
                            Number 8 = 8lbs / 12 -14 reps
                            Number 9 = 5lbs / 12 -14 reps
                            Number 10 = 5lbs / 12 -14 reps
                            Number 11 = 5lbs / 14 -16 reps
                            Number 12 = you can do as much as you are able to do

                            If you are able to complete 1 set easily you can raise the number of reps by two. If you hit 18 reps you can raise the weight. Always listen to your body! If you feel pain stop the exercise.

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                              #15
                              btw Redline or TheRaven can you move this thread to "help Desk"?

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