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What Does Low-Volume Training Mean?

author image Jessica Bell
Jessica Bell has been working in the health and fitness industry since 2002. She has served as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Bell holds an M.A. in communications and a B.A. in English.
What Does Low-Volume Training Mean?
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Low-volume training is a style of resistance training that integrates fewer sets and repetitions with heavier resistance than traditional muscle-building workouts. Most people follow a high-volume training regimen because they believe it's the most effective way to stimulate muscle growth. However, low-volume training may pack similar benefits.

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The key to a low-volume program isn't just about cutting the number of reps. It's also about increasing how much effort goes into those reps. Someone training at a low volume may do a short number of reps with a higher weight than someone doing many more reps with a lower weight. That person will also do every rep with a maximum effort. One benefit of a low volume workout is someone sticking to such a program will get the results he wants but spend less time in the gym.

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