(Goal) vs. (Actual) - A Question of Expectations

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    Apr 02, 2009 5:28 AM GMT
    So, in brief, one of the things I've really liked about using the RJ workout routines is the ability to print off the page and lean on my compulsive streak in order to fill the little boxes with matching numbers. Lol I do, however, find myself getting frustrated at times, when I can't seem to quite make the "(Goal)" value. For example, if I'm on the 2nd or 3rd set of one exercise, and the routine calls for 10 reps. I'll get 6 or 7 and just not be able to get anymore out.

    How bad should I feel about that? Is the idea to hit the Goal value no matter what, reducing weight or resting longer periods if necessary? Or are you *expected* to not hit your Goals, at least in the first several weeks? I never know, and there have been nights where it's taking everything in me not to just walk out out of sheer frustration at myself. icon_sad.gif

    Anyway...just curious. Anyone else who uses the RJ routines experience this?

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    Apr 02, 2009 5:31 AM GMT
    it'll depend, are you giving up to soon, is it your body that is screaming or your head?

    If your body is in tears over it then probably not so bad.. but if its your head you probably aren't pushing hard enough

    I never really hit my goal on the last set, if I do I've been using too light a weight.
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    Apr 16, 2009 4:03 PM GMT
    I'd suggest dropping the weight just a little bit and focus on your form and rep speed. You will get much more out of set and it will be more intense.
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    Apr 16, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    I had this problem at first.

    It does say 'goal' in number of reps. Where you record what you did it says 'actual'. If you meet the goal then great. If you are exceeding or not meeting the goal then adjust the weight. That is why they don't put the actual weight to use.

    I wouldn't worry about it. Go at the pace you feel comfortable with. Sometimes at first I didn't even make it through the entire workout or felt I was resting too long but over time my strength increased and I was able to do it. Just remember that you can always do the workout again or even start over if you want.