What variables contribute to the success of an exercise plan?

The acute variables of exercise include:
  • Repetitions are the number of times an exercise is repeated within a set. For example, one chestpress motion equals one repetition.
  • Sets are a complete round of repetitions. Once you have completed the recommended amount of repetitions for each exercise, you will have completed a set. For example, twelve repetitions of a chest-press motion equal one set.
  • Intensity is how much resistance or weight (in pounds or kilograms) you are using for an exercise. For example, when you are performing the chest press, your recommended load might be ten-pound dumbbells.
  • Rest is the amount of time between exercise sets. For example, after your first set of chest presses, your rest will be thirty seconds before you start the next set.

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