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Which Way Do You Prefer to Count?

I count forward when doing reps at the gym, but after writing about switching up the way you count I realized that many folks like to count backwards. The cardio machines at my gym even have the option to count up or count down, and I always pick up. So what about you?


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jossfan23 jossfan23 9 years
i count up when doing cardio - but when doing reps i count 1/2 way up and then 1/2 way down. it makes it seem like less to me.
KAEB06 KAEB06 9 years
Count down- I like to know how long I have LEFT...keeps me motivated
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Counting up makes the time go by faster. If I'm staring at the amount of time I have left than it's just going to depress.
SassyRedhead SassyRedhead 9 years
Counting up makes every one seem like more of an achievement. I worry that if I counted down I would rush each rep since it's more of an end oriented goal.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
When doing reps with my trainer, I always do 20 reps in one set, so I have about 3 different counting methods: count from 1-20, count from 20-1, and counts of 1-5, 5-1. I do this to keep me from feeling less fatigue...
Spectra Spectra 9 years
It depends: If I'm doing the programs on the elliptical, I count down. If I'm going at it freestyle, I count up. When I do weights, I count up (I just usually never think to count down, I suppose).
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
I generally count down when I'm starting something new with my weight-training (something exceptionally hard or that I'm nervous about), because it goes with my idea of "try a few and see how you feel." If I count up, I feel like the number is infinite and it can be discouraging. However, I usually count up on my cardio because I'll push myself a little more/longer... unless I'm doing a specific timed workout (how far in 30min) vs. a distance workout (3mi in how long).
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Count down.
melizzle melizzle 9 years
Count up... I honestly never thought of counting down!
Swen Swen 9 years
I count up. Strange, but I feel like it fits in with my life philosophy. I'd rather see what I have accomplished rather than what I have left to do.
Tutta Tutta 9 years
I count up when doing strength training, but always count down on cardio machines.
jesssa jesssa 9 years
i count up on the elliptical or treadmill and down on the stepper. reason being i need to constantly know that i'm almost done on the step machine, lol!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I count up when I'm doing lifting or crunches, and down when I'm doing cardio machines.
rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
count up otherwise i wudn't push myself!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i prefer to count down - it makes me feel like i'm being more successful since getting to zero is a finite result
lcterp lcterp 9 years
Count down, I think I got it from when I was a rower in undergrad and would always count the meters down.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I always count up, unless I'm at the end of a run or something then I remind myself I only have ___ left.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
I count down on the elliptical and treadmill, up when lifting.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
i count up!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I count up :P
kgtg1 kgtg1 9 years
Up when lifting and down when doing cardio.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
If I count down, I'm more likely (or will always) stop at 0. If I count up, I can keep going!
melda melda 9 years
count down and i hate when the trainer in workout DVD says Last Two..
krEnElk krEnElk 9 years
i count up when lifting weights and stretching and set the machine to count down on my cardio machines!
beesknees1 beesknees1 9 years
I count up when doing cardio, so that if I feel I have a "little bit more in me", I'm more likely to keep going, whereas if I count down, once the clock hits "0", I'm more likely to stop. The psychological games we play on ourselves!
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