Background: So I'm a total newb with weights though not with working out. I'm aiming to tone up and do not want to bulk. I'm 163 cm, 55 kg, 21 yrs.
I more or less randomly started lifting a 30 kg bar, maxing out at 5 reps then benchpressed it, with a max of 10 reps. Now I'm addicted to lifting.
So my question is: am I better off reducing the weight to 20 kg and getting more reps or sticking with the 30 kg and slowly building up more reps?
Many women worry about "bulking up" when they lift weights but you shouldn't worry about that. Just push yourself. You'll get stronger and look great.
To bulk up, a woman really has to embark on a scientifically engineered program which pushes the boundaries of nature. At the stage you're at, just don't worry. Its nothing that happens overnight, and especially without you wanting it & studying how to make it happen.
Well more weights bigger size, more reps muscle endurance which is lean muscle. So if you are looking to not bulk up but tone I would lift lighter weights more reps.
If i were you i would stick to a reprange of 8-12 on most of the exercises. The only ones you can/should also go in the lower reps are the compound lifts.
You say you dont want to bulk up but tone up. Since toning doesnt exist. You want lower bodyfat orwhat?