I wanted to write a post about this on its own because it’s so intimidating as a beginner to get a grip on all of the “lingo”. So here is where you will find out; what a set is, what a rep is, and how to write/read them. You’ll be an expert at fitness journals
What is a Rep?
Short for repetitions, this is the amount of times you repeat the exercise in one go, a lot of different people will write their sets and reps in different ways (I would love to know how you write yours, leave me a comment) I write mine like this;
“Squats 2 x 12, 30r” = Which is simply, 2 rounds of 12 non-stop squats with 30 seconds rest in between = 24 squats total
What is a set ?
This can also be described as a round but essentially is the amount of times you repeat the group of exercises;
using the Example above:
“Squats 2 x 12, 30r” is 12 squats non stop, 30 second rest, repeat 2 times.
Other ways of writing it:
Everyone is different and you will find that you will prefer a certain type of shorthand, other ways that people write it down are:
Sets x Reps
Reps x Sets
Those who are serious about body building will look at incorporating the weight into their sets and reps too i.e:
Sets X Reps X Weight
Ultimately it doesn’t matter as long as you know what your shorthand means and you are not accidentally performing them the wrong way around (i.e. 2 squats, 30 seconds rest x 12 – because that does not workout your muscles at all)