Rep ranges are a very loose guide just to give you a rough idea of what to aim for.
With online training it’s harder for me to gauge what is challenging enough for you or what might be too easy for you.
Because of this, we start with a rough rep range for you to aim for. If you can’t get the designated amount of reps, that’s fine (in fact it’s actually really good!) because it means that the exercise is challenging enough for you.
Once you can easily hit the rep range given, it’s time to add some weight, slow down the reps, or add more reps to make it harder!
This way, we are constantly driving progress forward.
For example, say I give you 3 sets of 20 reps and you get the following:
- Set 1: 20 reps
- Set 2: 18 reps
- Set 3: 12 reps
Next time you do the workout you will aim to get 20 reps for the first set again, but you will try and get at least one more rep for the next sets.
Or say you get the following:
- Set 1: 10 reps
- Set 2: 10 reps
- Set 3: 8 reps
Again this is fine! Over the weeks you will try and progress all sets up until you get the 3 sets of 20 reps.
As long as you are increasing the amount of work you are doing in some way (through reps, sets or weight) you will see progress!