Everything You Need to Know About High Reps Vs. Low Reps

Jeremy Colon
5 min readNov 19, 2022
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It’s the age-old debate. Coke vs. Pepsi? Apple vs. Android? High reps or low reps? The answer to the first two is quite simple. Coke vs. Pepsi: neither. Apple vs. Android: Apple (after all, who wants to send green text messages all day? )

But high reps vs. low reps? Not so simple. By that, should you use a lower resistance and do higher repetitions, or should you use a higher resistance and lower repetitions? That’s what I will investigate in this article.

If Your Goal is Strength

The answer to “what’s best” always starts with a target. So what are you trying to do? If your goal is to get stronger, the next question is, “what’s your starting point?”

If, as a starting point, you’re a complete beginner, either never strength trained, or haven’t strength trained in at least six months, then the answer to your question is “it doesn’t matter.” Whether you choose to do high or low repetitions will be no different.

Any strength training will make you stronger than not doing strength training. Initially. As a beginner.

If, on the other hand, you’re not a beginner, then low repetitions (with heavier weight) are far superior for building strength compared to higher repetitions (with lighter weight).



Jeremy Colon

Body Transformation Coach | Building a Better & Stronger Mind, Body, and Soul | CEO & Founder, Master Personal Trainer & Life Coach - Jeremy Colon Enterprises