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    #1

    she is sprinting, lifting weights, <...> but on Wednesdays she does gymnastics

    I am confused by the following extract and, specifically, the use of the present continuous. Why does the speaker switch from the present simple to the present continuous, though all the verbs are equal here and show her regular activities?

    Take a look at her training schedule and you’ll see a blend of strength and speed. Surprisingly she only actually picks up a pole twice a week. The rest of the time she is sprinting, lifting weights, practising explosive jumps even doing yoga. But on Wednesday afternoons she does gymnastics.

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    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: she is sprinting, lifting weights, <...> but on Wednesdays she does gymnastics

    It's fine as it is.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: she is sprinting, lifting weights, <...> but on Wednesdays she does gymnastics

    But why does the speaker switch from the present simple to the present continuous?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #4

    Re: she is sprinting, lifting weights, <...> but on Wednesdays she does gymnastics

    It's his personal choice. The simple present would be fine, too, in this context.

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    #5

    Re: she is sprinting, lifting weights, <...> but on Wednesdays she does gymnastics

    But do the present simple and the present continuous still keep their meanings here?

    1) ...she only actually picks up a pole twice a week. = She does it regulary
    2) The rest of the time she is sprinting, lifting weights, practising explosive jumps even doing yoga. = She is doing it these days.(around now)
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    #6

    Re: she is sprinting, lifting weights, <...> but on Wednesdays she does gymnastics

    The context is a pole-vaulter's training routine.

    'Surprisingly she only actually picks up a pole twice a week' and, 'But on Wednesday afternoons she does gymnastics' are both correctly in the present simple.

    The sentence between these two could just as easily have been in the present simple as well. It would have had the same meaning of habitual activities as the present continuous conveys.

    It's what she does as a training routine, or it's what she's doing as a training routine. She habitually does it, or she's doing it at the moment. Either way, it's what she does.
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