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    Do 9 reps. Repeat 3 times. How many reps?

    Should I compete 27 reps or 36? So looking forward to an answer!

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    Re: Do 9 reps. Repeat 3 times. How many reps?

    Phrased thusly, it sounds like you should do three sets of nine reps each, for a total of 27.

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    Re: Do 9 reps. Repeat 3 times. How many reps?

    Nine reps (9) + 3x9 (27) = 36.

    36


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    Re: Do 9 reps. Repeat 3 times. How many reps?

    definitely 36

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    Re: Do 9 reps. Repeat 3 times. How many reps?

    I was told there would be no math involved with this job.

    I was reading it as three sets of nine reps instead of doing four sets total.


    D'oh!
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    Re: Do 9 reps. Repeat 3 times. How many reps?

    The way it's written, the answer would be 36. However, based on my time at the gym, I'd say the writer meant 27 total reps.

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    Re: Do 9 reps. Repeat 3 times. How many reps?

    Lol. Funny that this is the only website I could think of to ask this question! I was hoping everyone would answer 27, but I will give you the two examples that are causing my confusion:

    1. "You should do all twelve of the exercises sequentially without resting between sets. Perform twelve to twenty repetitions of each exercise and repeat the cycle three times."

    2. "Run 2 minutes. Walk 4 minutes. Repeat 5 times." <--This one I know needs to be completed 5 times total because for the rest of the program, you only run/walk a total of 30 minutes.

    The way I'm reading example number one is that I need to complete a total of 4 sets. Do it once, repeat it three times. But with my second example which is pretty much worded the same way, I know I am doing one less set.

    So for all you expert english-speaking gym goers....how should I interpret the word "repeat" in future cases like the above?? (Your help is still greatly appreciatied!)

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    Re: Do 9 reps. Repeat 3 times. How many reps?

    Quote Originally Posted by esltutor View Post
    The way it's written, the answer would be 36. However, based on my time at the gym, I'd say the writer meant 27 total reps.

    Debra
    Good answer I agree with Niall Beag, that many users treat 'do it X times' and 'repeat X times' as interchangeable. It doesn't make any sense, but I fear that's what you have to live with...

    b

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    The use of 'reps' suggests that Debra gym-based intuition is relevant.

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    Re: Do 9 reps. Repeat 3 times. How many reps?

    Well, "repeat" means, of course, to do something again. However, "reps" refers to every time a person does a particular exercise. Thus, "Do nine reps" means "Do it nine times'. Also, "Repeat three times" means "Do it three additional times". Thus if you do something one time and repeat it three times you have done it four times. In any case, if the explanation is not clear enough you might have to say "How many times total?"

    (Ouisch is right of course that this is not supposed to be a math forum.)



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    Re: Do 9 reps. Repeat 3 times. How many reps?

    I'm sorry. I wasn't trying to use this as a math forum. I was looking for help defining the various ways people use the word "repeat".

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