10, 9, 8... blastoff to better biceps? As reported in the March issue of SHAPE, researchers found that using a different method of counting out your reps than you're used to—say, counting in another language—distracts you by diverting your mind from the (good) burn of building new muscle without being so distracting that you drop the weight on your foot.
No se habla Español? No worries, all those Sesame Street skills you learned as a tot will come in handy now. Try counting backwards or up by threes. Just don't use your fingers, those should stay firmly on your weights!
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Get more out of every rep—without doing any more work!
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