Focus on Reps not Sets

Focus on Reps not Sets

Hey folks, as you know I often like to share different training methods and protocols as I’m a firm believer in challenging your body in new ways so that your body needs to adapt and grow. 


Breaking Patterns

So for many of you, I imagine a normal training day would generally follow this pattern:  

  • Decide what you’re training eg. Chest
  • Smash back a pre workout
  • Head into the gym (High as a kite!) 
  • Complete your first exercise eg. Bench Press – say 4 sets of 8 rep
  • Repeat this structure for the rest of your exercises

Now there’s nothing wrong with this. However, what I imagine normally happens with many of you, especially if like me you have minimal rest periods is this: 

  • Set 1 – 8 reps 
  • Set 2 – 7 reps 
  • Set 3 – 7 reps 
  • Set 4 – 6 reps 

Sound familiar?  


How to reclaim your reps

So originally you planned on doing 4 sets of 8 reps, which would have equalled 32 reps in total. Instead, due to muscle fatigue, you only completed 28. You have effectively robbed yourself of 4 reps! 

How do we get round this? As it kinda comes with the territory I hear you say. 

Well instead of planning to do 4 sets of 8 reps; plan to complete 32 reps with your 8 rep max.  

So for example your workout would instead look like this: 

  • Set 1 – 100kg x 8 reps 
  • Set 2 – 100kg x 7 reps 
  • Set 3 – 100kg x 7 reps 
  • Set 4 – 100kg x 6 reps 
  • Set 5 – 100kg x 4 reps = 32 reps woo hoo! 

I’d recommend following this until you manage to complete the 32 reps in 4 sets, then it’s time to up your weight. Don’t forget to keep a training diary, otherwise you’re never going to know how you’re progressing. 

This little change may not sound like a lot and will take up very little extra time, but over the year all those extra reps will soon add up – as will your gains.  

Assuming you train 4 days a week, with 5 exercises per workout. You also might have around 3-4 weeks off per year due to holidays, sickness, etc. the amount of extra reps you would perform would be close to 4000!  

Now I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t make some gains from performing an extra 4000 reps! 

So get repping!

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