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7/5/14 5:13 P

I love the message boards because there are no silly questions and always great answers. I didn't see your comment as negative motivated@last, in fact you gave a great example of how to keep adding challenge to an exercise. I find strength training to be the most confusing and the difference between intensity vs repetitions to be the one I made the most mistakes with. It is far more challenging to do push ups slowly vs many quickly.

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7/4/14 9:11 P

btw, when it comes to strength training, it is definitely a case of quality over quantity. You should aim at making it as challenging as possible, rather than doing as many as reps as possible. More is not better, better is better.

Doing a more challenging exercise where you can only do say, 10 reps before reaching the point of fatigue, is far more effective than doing 30 reps. Slowing down (take 3 seconds to reach the down position, and 3 seconds to reach the up position) is the simplest way of making things more challenging. If you can still do more than 12-15 reps even going slowly, it is time to move up to a more challenging exercise - if you can do 30 wall pushups, you may want to graduate to incline pushups on a couple of steps.

Apologies if all this sounds criticial - it is actually meant to encourage you to challenge yourself more.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
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7/4/14 3:24 P

Thank you so much, that seems so obvious now! I appreciate it! emoticon

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7/4/14 3:08 P

You did 1 set of 30 reps. emoticon

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SEDREAMS Posts: 12
7/4/14 2:59 P

This might be a silly question, but I'm going to ask.

I did some exercise today where I did as much of [insert exercise] as I could in one minute. I'm not sure how to track it.

My brain confuses reps vs sets.

I did 30 wall push-ups in a minute. Is that 30 reps in one set or 1 rep of 30 sets or something else entirely? I'm not sure how to break it down; I read a few articles, but it still left me confused. I'm not good at this yet!

'Rainbows are memories, sweet dream reminders... what is it you'd like to do?" -- The Muppet Movie.
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