Half Reps Really Don’t Count
They really don’t.
I hate that my first ever blog post starts out negative, but I got to get this off my chest, pun intended. It’s something that I see a lot of and I find it so incredibly frustrating that I have to yell it. Half reps don’t count! And I am not just referring to the gym, but let’s start there anyways.
I am not one to ever criticize on how much people lift, for many reasons, but mostly its because its really not that important. I do however, notice HOW they lift. In weightlifting technique is everything, and there are a lot of people out there training without proper form.
The one mistake that I see all to often and that is Half Repping.
It’s when you are performing an exercise but you don”t complete the entire range of motion of the exercise. When people start loading the bar on the squat rack and then don’t go down to 90°, or load up on the bench and stop 6 inches over their chest, it just drives me up the wall.
It makes me wonder, do you take that half repping mentality into other aspects of your life?
Hopefully, no you don’t.
When it comes to work…
Most people work hard throughout the whole week. They get up early and figure out everything they need to do. And once they get to work, they work. They go through step by step everything they need to do in order to make sure they did their job right. The baker doesn’t bake half a cake, the meter maid doesn’t write you half a ticket, and hairdresser doesn’t cut half your hair. They put in forty hours of work because everyone knows there is no short cut to making money.
When it comes to playing..
Imagine if the half repping mentality came into your leisure time. If your playing a game of soccer are you only going to sprint halfway to the ball? In American football do you run up the field and then stop short of the end zone? When you plan a trip all the way across the world, do you turn around and come back home on your first lay over?
No, I don’t think you do. Because when it comes to doing these activities there’s a drive in us that makes us want to do our very best.
It’s time to take that kind of thinking and bring it into the gym. An exercise is a movement, it’s the entire movement. That’s why we go to the gym, you go there to complete a movement of body, the weights are only there to make that movement harder.
So it doesn’t matter if your at work, or jumping on a plane; get that ball into the end zone, bring your ass to the grass and for God’s sake, bring that bar to your chest.
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