Here’s another, deeper reason for making each rep count. You only get one shot at that rep at that specific moment in time.
Yes, you can take as many tries as you want, or until the gym closes – that’s not what I’m talking about.
What I’m referring to has to do with the passage of time.
You can’t recall time – I’m sure this isn’t a shock to you.
However, think about it this way…
There is no temporal customer service desk where you can ask to have moments of time refunded back to you.
So, while you can perform a specific rep as many times as you like, you can’t go back and do over any previous reps.
The benefit of this is that missing a lift isn’t the end of the world, you can try it again.
Obviously this isn’t necessarily so in a competition. But you can try again the next competition.
The negative thing about being able to try as many times as you like; is potentially developing a lack of urgency. It can also diminish focus, drive and intensity.
The aforementioned competition is a good example. It’s common for many athletes, including weightlifters, to set personal records at meets – sometimes multiple PR’s.
There are lots of reasons for this, including the excitement of the meet, and pressure from the other competitors.
But a big part has to do with the ‘now or never’ mindset the competition forces upon the athletes.
In life, quantity doesn’t make up for lack of quality too often. The same is true in the gym. A bunch of half hearted sets, regardless if it’s a single rep or 20, will not make up for lack of quality, drive, intensity and focus.
The next time you train, try the quality approach. Really focus on each rep as you perform it.
Do this over a few workouts, and I think you’ll notice some good things happening.
Train Smart, Train Hard