• Which is less damaging to your joints, power lifting or endurance lifting?

    My martial arts instructor has been haranguing us about the importance of conditioning etc. so I'm currently working my way up on an endurance lifting programme, doing curls & presses with a comparatively low weight (20kg + bar) on 4-6 sets of 15-25 reps... I decided to do endurance lifting because power lifting is only recommended on an... show more
    My martial arts instructor has been haranguing us about the importance of conditioning etc. so I'm currently working my way up on an endurance lifting programme, doing curls & presses with a comparatively low weight (20kg + bar) on 4-6 sets of 15-25 reps... I decided to do endurance lifting because power lifting is only recommended on an alternate day basis and I want to lift every day (although if we've had a hard session at training I might be tempted to skip a workout and just have a shower and go to bed!) Anyway, I was curious as to what strain this was putting on my elbow joints, and whether higher reps on a low weight were more or less likely to cause joint strain than lower reps on a high weight (i.e. power lifting.) Does anyone have any studies they can point me to? Or medical knowledge, personal experience etc.?
    2 answers · Men's Health · 1 decade ago