The most common mistake people make while working out is not paying attention to the velocity in which the repetition to a particular exercise is performed. Taking into account that weight in motion weighs 17 times its size, when you lift even a mere 10 pounds and rapidly release it to beginning your next repetition, you are putting 170 pounds of pressure on your joints, tendons and ligaments and they will eventually damage or snap.
The evil of counting repetitions is obvious, people will sacrifice form every time to reach a predetermined number of repetitions that they feel will improve their physique or body part…one repetition less and one feels like a total failure.
- VELOCITY: The key to growth and longevity and the root of all demise
- Same speed on the effort portion as the release portion of the repetition.
- Avoid weight that you can’t handle.
- Use the correct breathing technique.
- Allow your breathing to control your repetitions.
- Only use the effort from the body part being exercised.
- Practice good concentration.
- Avoid “laying tracks” in your workouts.
- Warming up before working out.
- Cool down after working out.
- Do not work out when you are too tired.
- Do not work out when you are sick.
- COUNTING REPETITIONS: The prestidigitation of all workouts.
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 exertion 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 weight too heavy to handle by the individual.
- Time your exercises, using forty-five seconds or a minute per exercise
- 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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