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What’s in a Rep?


What’s in a Rep?

With a continuously running clock, do one pull-up and one handstand push-up the first minute, two pull-ups and two handstand push-ups the second minute, three pull-ups and three handstand push-ups the third minute… continuing as long as you are able. When you cannot complete the required number of reps for either exercise, continue only with the other as long as you are able.

Use as many sets in any order each minute as needed.

Post number of minutes successfully completed for each exercise to comments. Their sum is your score.

Lil' Jim pulls 405 for a new DL PR.

What’s in a Rep?

Ever stop to think about the long term implications of a shortened or lazy rep?  Take push-ups for example.  If you do a workout with 20 sets of 5 push-ups, there are 20 5th push-ups in the workout.  If you perform 4 great reps and then call mostly locked out arms “good enough”, you will have shorted 20 of the 200 push-ups in the workout.  No big deal, right?  Wrong.

If you did roughly one push-up workout a week for 52 weeks and shorted the last rep on every set, you would short 1,040 push-ups over the course of a year.

While the difference in effort is relatively small, the end results are drastically different.

While your coaches are more than happy to remind, yell, startle, and catch you at all of your shortened rep attempts, we know that in the end it boils down to your desire to understand how and do the work correctly.

5 Responses

  1. Scott G

    Congrats to Parry for no band pull-ups today and KU-Molly for going down to one band. Bad ass. Everyone in 11:30 was rocking it! Thanks to Anna for coaching!

  2. Molly

    Hey Roots Crew,

    Does anybody have any Paleo kits they could spare to sell me? I’m going on vacation next weekend and would like to bring some with me. Let me know! Thanks!