Develop an allergy to sameness. Repetition without growth is merely progress. Machines make progress. Humans grow.
I read this quote. Naturally the word “repetition” caught my eye. I’ve thought a lot about repetitions in my life. Sets. Loading schemes. Periodization.
I’ve obsessed over repetitions.
But this quote tripped a fuse. I always saw repetitions as . . . erhm . . . repetitions. Like a person working on an assembly line in a factory. Same thing over and over and over and over.
Just like reps during training. Same thing over and over and over and over.
But what happens when repetitions turn into “growths?”
Three sets of eight growths.
Meaning that every “repetition” gives you some sort of experience you never had before. Every new rep builds upon how you grew from the last rep. And by that definition, it’s never the same thing over and over and over.
And perceptually? Every “repetition” is a growth. A physical growth. A mental growth.
Think about each repetition as an experience. Not a number.