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Fit Tip: Break It Down

On my third round of 20 push-ups, I was hesitant to put my hands down on the floor at Equinox. It had nothing to do with the state of the gym floor; I was suffering. This is when Hannah gave me a great simple tip that I am going to pass onto you. When faced with a daunting set, break it down. For instance, if those last 20 push-ups seem impossible, count them out in four sets of five. The smaller sets seem easier to conquer both mentally and physically. You can convince your mind and your muscles to hammer out five push-ups, and then another, and so on. It works when counting laps in the pool and minutes of a run. Test out this trick: drop and give me 20 push-ups.

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ssibalnomdle ssibalnomdle 6 years
Finally a celebrity that admits to counting calories!
runningesq runningesq 6 years
thanks, ladies :) I am SO excited.. less than 6 weeks to go...
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
same, Fit - runningesq I just seriously want to hear all about it :)
Fitness Fitness 6 years
runningesq — I getting so excited for your Ironman!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I do this, but I usually count up to 10, then I count back down to 1. It always seems shorter that way.
rach1007 rach1007 6 years
I too break it down or count backwards. It seems like a silly thing, but it really does make that last set easier!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
I'll do this sometimes. I also like to count backwards on the last set.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
whoops.. 8* = finish LINE glory. and that ^^ is much more manageable than oh god I have 140.6 miles to race !!
runningesq runningesq 6 years
absolutely. for my Ironman (5.5 weeks and counting! eeeps!), I'm breaking it down into: 1. swim 2.4 mi 2. transition 1 3. bike first loop - 37.3 mi 4. bike second loop - 37.3 mi 5. bike third loop - 37.3 mi 6. transition 2 7. run first loop - 8.73 mi 7. run second loop - 8.73 mi 7. run third loop - 8.73 mi 8. finish long glory :)
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