Why 20 Hard Reps?

It is of my opinion that most things in this world are over complicated and done for purposes that do not truly help anyone else than the influencers promoting them. These influencers are usually building up a product or service to sell you. 20hardreps.com is a workout mentality of keeping it short but extremely intense and strict. You could use this method in various exercise systems, but push/pull is probably best. I personally use it for body weight calisthenics.

This way of thinking is for a true skill practitioner, done with near maximum intensity, slow cadence, and full range of motion keeping muscles engaged for the entire rep. I believe in not fully locking out to preserve joints and keep muscle tension high.

Can you do more reps? That is up to you, I’m not here to tell anyone “do this it’s the best way” we all live differently. My personal goal is at least 20 hard reps of a progressive exercise daily. I would do more reps with leg exercises more than any others if I feel the need. One thing about 20 hard reps is it’s supposed to be something decently simple and easy to maintain. If you have worked out and stopped due to various reasons 20 hard reps a day might be all you need to get back into your groove or your new workout even.

You can do sets of 4×5 reps, 2×10, 20 at once. Whatever you feel works, but try to knock them out in one workout. It shouldn’t take much time at all. What’s a good cadence? Well it depends on the exercise, some can’t be done super slow. I try to maintain 2-1-2 like recommended in Convict Conditioning. That means on a squat 2 seconds negative going down-hold 1 second at bottom-positive upwards for 2 seconds.

Here is a progression in itself maybe you did 4 sets of 5 reps pushups very good form elbows tight, feet together at 2-1-2 cadence. Now next time try adding a second more to the positive-hold-negative portion of the exercise. Hell I’ve done pushups for 5-5-5 and probably longer, do 20 like that in tight form and you will be challenged. 15 seconds a rep is no joke, then imagine doing close pushups, elevated pushups etc. to progress same way woah!

This assumes you know some form of exercise progression methods. Myself I have learned from using Convict Conditioning and various other books. I also do use kettlebells for various exercises, more a mix of cardio and strength. Just remember if the exercise has a push pull rep maneuver it works well with 20 hard reps.

I include holds or timed stances as additional activities. See that’s the whole magic really of just doing 20 hard reps, it makes you want to do more, and that’s fine if it helps you stay active. Things like walking, running, kettlebell swings, yoga, strength holds like handstands/l-sit etc.

Daily? For me doing a little often is perfectly fine, I feel better all day knowing I have done something. Some might be use to the “gym” protocols of spending hours doing exercise. I’ve done that, it never benefitted me and in fact I felt it held me back. Doing a little, but at very intense levels is my style. You don’t need to do it daily it’s up to you, but after a few days of 20 hard reps and understanding how to progress to harder exercises or weight you may want to do it daily.

A little bit of activity can go a long way!

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