The Importance of Sticking to Your Rep Amount

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Let’s say you’ve given yourself a goal of doing 20 push-ups a day for two weeks straight. Great! This is an excellent goal, especially if you think you can reach it without overstraining yourself too much. On your third day, you find that when you get to your 20th push-up, you still have energy to keep going. Should you continue on to the 21st push-up? If you ask us, we’d recommend not to.

Routine is Important

There’s something really important about staying true to your routine. There’s something almost sacred about it. Listen, if you feel equipped to go above your chosen rep amount, it’s not necessarily terrible to do so. But you may learn that if you don’t go over, you’ll feel a lot better about having stuck to your exact goal. It’s a strange thing, but sometimes doing less is more, if it means that you’re sticking to your routine.

You’ll Cultivate a Desire

What you really want is to cultivate a fire within you to up your rep amount when the time comes. Sure, you can do more than 20 for a day or two, but can you keep it up? By sticking to 20 for two whole weeks, you’ll be so ready to jump to 30 by the end of those two weeks that you’ll be a pro by the time you get there. And you’ll be eager to make sure you hit it every time, just as you stuck to your goal last time!