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When doing strenuous exercise such as weightlifting, it seems to help to call out the number of repetitions. Why?

Penny Jackson
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK

When doing strength training, I was taught that it is important to breathe (presumably in order to ensure the muscles are getting a good supply of oxygen). Talking is a good way of forcing yourself to breathe. Talking about something else may cause you to lose count of the number of repetitions, so counting them out loud is ideal.

If you have never done that sort of strenuous exercise, the idea of forgetting to breathe …

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