PT Grant Lofthouse explains why you should keep reps below six

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It may feel as though your best Energizer Bunny impression (goes and goes) equals greater fat loss, but if you’re in a caloric deficit (and if fat loss is your goal, it’s a no-brainer), lifting light weights furiously is an express path to eroding muscle, not fat.

“The only way to hold onto your hard earned, fat burning muscle is by keeping the reps low and focusing on strength training, regardless of whether you want to get stronger or not,” says Lofthouse.

In practice, he says, keep reps below six.

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