What is the difference between Muscle Strength and Endurance?


You may have heard someone mention muscular strength or muscular endurance and wondered what the difference was. They both are talking about your muscles, but when you are working out, you are usually working on one or the other.


Muscle Strength is about the amount of weight you can lift. When you are working on Muscular strength, you are usually very close to your one rep max and you do very small reps of a weight. The difference with achieving muscular strength is that you need to add a lot of rest time in between each set. The objective is to be rested enough to lift the heavy object again with the same ease as the first set.


Muscle Endurance is the complete opposite. The weight does not matter and it is all about reps. You are now working on how many reps of a exercise you can do. So instead of doing 5x1 of a squat, you will be 3 or 4 sets of 10-20 reps of a squat working on repetition. The weight is usually not very hard, it becomes hard with the amount of reps you are working on.


Both are very hard and will get you results, just different results. Depending on your goals, you may use both techniques in the same workout.


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