How to Count Your Reps at The Gym

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How do you count your reps? It may seem like it doesn't really matter, right? 10 reps are 10 reps, no matter how you count them. While 10 reps are still 10 reps, it is a matter of perspective. And perspective can change everything.

Let me explain…

If you are engaged in a very intense workout and pushing your limits, every repetition will be very strenuous or uncomfortable. (Reference my previous article about Training Uncomfortable). Let’s say you are on rep 6 and are counting up – 4 more reps to get to 10 can seem like a daunting task...almost unattainable due to the lactic acid and fatigue.

However, if you were counting down from 10 to 1, and you were on rep 4, you feel like you are almost there. 3, 2, 1 and done! You are more inclined to persevere to finish. Anyone can do 3 final reps! It’s a matter of perspective. The number does matter!

What are you do to?

Instead of counting up from 1 to whatever number you are attempting to achieve, count down. You will be more motivated to finish and will have that extra motivational push that you may need.


Steven Zahn

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Steve Zahn
Steve Zahn has been a Coach and Personal Trainer since 2000. He is passionate about extensive education in order to develop the skills that allow him to assist everyone. Implementation of his knowledge include; nutrition and food intolerances, recipes, innovative workout techniques, and much more in ways that have led everyone to see incredible results. With, he will provide thought-provoking articles which will educate every one of you how to live the quality life you want to live.
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