How many of you before working out already know how many reps and sets you are going to perform before each exercise? Do you usually stick with the same amount of reps for most workouts? Are you not really seeing much of a change in shape and need something new and challenging? If you have answered yes to these questions then you need to stop counting reps and start working harder than ever before. This is why the 'stop counting reps and just workout' method applies to you...
When You Count Reps?
Counting reps is great but if you always do it then you might restrict what you are capable of actually doing. Training is as much psychological as it is physical and therefore we should remember to always work to our fullest. When you stick a number on a set that you do, you could be automatically cutting yourself short from your potential. Don't get me wrong, I do think counting repetitions has it's place but let's imagine for a second that you don't count them, what will happen? In all honesty, I think you will work harder than any session you have performed in beforehand, why? Well, because you are going to work until you physically can't do any more...
Do you think your workouts are still as effective as before? Are you still getting the most out of training to 10/12 reps per set you complete? If the answer is no then you need to question whether your workouts are worthy of your time anymore! We all know when you workout to see a difference you have to break down the muscle fibres and sometimes this is easier said than done. However if you want to truly see a difference in your workouts I recommend you start doing some workouts without counting the reps.
When you stop counting reps and go into your workout with the attitude that you literally won't stop until you can't lift anymore, you'll realise why you don't always need to count your reps through each set. Now, with warm up sets and sets below your maximum, you could be there all day, so train smart and realise what distinguishes between a warm up and a work set. The moment you have a workout whereby you do not count the reps, you will work ten times harder than what you have been doing. You no longer put a cap on what you can achieve and as a result of this you will put yourself through a harder workout. You won't realise it until after it, but no doubt you will put yourself through an additional 20-40 repetitions that you wouldn't usually do.
So next time you put yourself through a workout, don't count the reps you are doing. Or at least for one exercise, try not counting and make sure it is a heavy compound one. Literally perform multiple sets and prepare to feel astonished at what your body will achieve by doing this type of workout.