I am now counting the exact amount of reps I do for each exercise. I stop an exercise when I start using poor form due to fatigue. This is both motivational as I try to beat my number and it keeps me using good form which prevents injury and maximizes the benefit of the move.
You can click on an exercise listed in the strength section and it will bring up a screen where you can change number of reps.
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When I count my reps in a set (of exercises) I count 1,2...10, PLUS 1, PLUS 2 so the couple of extra reps I do are acknowledged as "above and beyond"... As I count down the time left on the crosstrainer, I convert the minutes into a percentage remaining, or percentage completed - the maths is a distraction, and once I've hit the 100% - anything extra is acknowledged as 'above and beyond"...
and one extra minute on the mill sounds better when I can say "I did 120%" as opposed to "I did 6 mins, instead of 5 mins" Some of it's "internal marketing", and some of it is the distraction of working it out, or thinking that way - instead of watching the clock.
Whenever you are counting your reps and you think you are finished, give yourself one more. I count this as "one to grow on" reminding myself that the extra rep is what will push that muscle a bit stronger.
When you push your muscles to their limits, when they recover and heal, they will be stronger.
When doing strength training, I find I can begin to get frustrated when I'm counting reps, particularly on the third set. The solution for me is to count down instead of up. I start with 10, 12, or whatever my top count is and count down to one. Then I get more excited as I go bc I'm almost done.
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