The prestidigitation of all workouts.
The FIRST and most “Dangerous” aspect during a fitness program that must be avoided at all costs to get maximum results and avoid getting hurt is counting repetitions.
Counting repetitions takes your mind away from the objective at hand forcing you to perform damaging movements to try to get every single repetition in. Some of the damaging results of counting repetitions are as follows:
Damaging Practices Of Counting Repetitions:
- Sacrificing form
- Over stressing the muscles
- Strain of supporting muscles
- Compromised breathing
- Long term damage
Alternative To Counting Repetitions:
Counting repetitions serves no other purpose but to distract the participant from the objective on hand. The key objective when exercising a muscle is to do so until the muscle reaches the “Point of Diminishing Returns,” or maximum exhaustion without a diminishing outcome. Exercising should be done on a “timed” basis and not on a “counting” basis. This will allow you to put 100% concentration on what you are doing no matter how many repetitions it takes to accomplish it.
“Timed” exercises also help with using rational weight instead of a weight too heavy to handle by the individual.
- Time your exercises.
- Keep your mind on the muscle you are working on.
- Use the correct weight that will not force you to cheat.
- Use the correct weight that will not force you to quit too soon.
- Use the correct weight that will have you reach the Point of Diminishing Returns when the time is up.
- Use the concentration you used to count repetitions, to concentrate on form.
- Use the concentration you used to count repetitions, to concentrate on breathing.
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