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Fit Tip: Count Your Repetitions Out Loud

When I'm lifting weights, doing push-ups, or working on lunges, I tend to lose track of my repetitions. You too? Then try counting out loud next time. Not only will it help you remember how many you've completed (and how many you have left), but it's incredibly motivational. I feel like my own cheering squad. It also helps me remember to inhale between each repetition (instead of unintentionally holding my breath). I count loudly if I'm at home, but if I'm at the gym, then I just whisper. Try either counting forward (1, 2, 3 . . . ) or backward (15, 14, 13 . . . ). Experiment with both ways to see which you like best.


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Bisque Bisque 9 years
I have a weird problem when counting. While I do count outloud, I end up counting like this: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 , which totally defeats the purpose of counting how many I do. I can't seem to break out of the habit, it was taught by grade school teachers and I seem to have followed it right up to college.
erdiva528 erdiva528 9 years
I always count by 2s for some reason. Like 1-1, 2-2, 3-3,...It helps me get through the reps easier for some reason. I can never go back to 1, 2, 3. It just seems boring to me.
Susanna Susanna 9 years
I like to count in different languages. I'll do one set in one language, another set in a different language.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I always count backwards when I'm doing pushups or whatever because for whatever reason, it seems to make the time go by faster.
Cebca Cebca 9 years
hmmmm, the thing about it is counting is boring and makes time drag on for the exercises because you cant let your mind wander while you squat/crunch/push-up away. I prefer to set a time limit rather than a number limit and either start my stop watch and try to distract myself from looking at it or, even better, just do things for one full song on my ipod - like, do one songs worth of sit-ups or one songs worth of plank - you just have to make sure ahead of time youre not about to go into some crazy ballad medley or something or youll collapse.
LilyLyra LilyLyra 9 years
Sometimes I do this when I just cant wait to get done exercising, but usually it just bothers me to count outloud.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 9 years
Not a fan of this. Especially, with large groups of people... at the gym. I go to a big gym and they're yelling the numbers out amd takes over the entire gym and is REALLY annoying, because then you can't concentrate on your counting. But hey if its not thundering loud, I say go for it... whatever works!
bunsushi bunsushi 9 years
back in high school gym, this is what our teachers had us do. though more to make sure we were all doing it than for motivation. not sure if they were checking if those numbers were sequential, though.
colleenb colleenb 9 years
Whenever I do this my mind drifts off and stops counting. :(
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