If you are new to a fitness or exercise routine, you may have heard these words quite a bit and wondered, “what do those terms mean in terms of my workout?” With that in mind, I thought I would give a quick explanation of what the difference is between these two fitness terms.
The first term you will hear a lot is “rep” or repetition. A rep is how many times you repeat a specific exercise movement at one time before switching to another exercise.
For example, in my Office Workouts 101: Leg Day video, I did a set of 15 squat reps before moving on to wall sits or lunges. So for you this might look like 15 squats, or 1 minute of wall sits, or even 15 lunges. Each completed movement (or unit of time for wall sits) counts as a single rep.
Additionally, a set is how many times you perform a rep during your entire workout session.
For example, in that same Office Workouts 101: Leg Day video, I recommended doing 3-5 reps of each set. So what that would mean for you is that you would follow this format:
- Set 1: 15 squat reps, then 1 minute of wall sits, followed by 15 lunge reps
- Set 2: 15 squat reps, then 1 minute of wall sits, followed by 15 lunge reps
- Set 3: 15 squat reps, then 1 minute of wall sits, followed by 15 lunge reps
Do you see how we repeated each complete repetition of exercises for a total of three sets?
Here is a copy of that video so you can see what I mean.
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