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Old 04-08-2005, 09:26 AM   #1
Daniel Doiron
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Why are most WOD have 21 reps? Is it just to be able to cut it up better into groups of reps? Or just to ask 1 more rep (instead of 20) for good fortune?
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Old 04-08-2005, 10:11 AM   #2
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The fun starts at 21.

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Old 04-08-2005, 10:51 AM   #3
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To quote John Belushi in "Animal House" when asked why he selected "Pinto" as a pledge's nickname:
"Why not?!?!"

In reality, 21 allows the work to be divided equally (7-7-7). You'll notice the next rep scheme is usually 15 followed by 9. All divisible by 3. Coach is merciless, but has a heart somewhere!
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Old 04-08-2005, 11:20 AM   #4
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Ron, I like the new picture of your "kids", brings back the 70's early 80's, what I could remember. Ron is right on...use the rest periods and then start compressing the rests, until they no longer exist.
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Old 04-10-2005, 06:23 PM   #5
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Also, odd-numbered rep sets are painful (good) because they discourage from taking a breather at the halfway mark. When the game is more mental than physical (as it often is with lighter weights), sometimes the difference between 20 and 21 reps is the difference between stopping at halfway and not stopping at all.
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Old 04-11-2005, 06:50 AM   #6
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:lol:I think this encapsulates the whole 21 thing best:

Nigel: "You see, most blokes will be playing at 10. You’re on 10, all the way up, all the way up...Where can you go from there? Nowhere. What we do, is if we need that extra push over the cliff...Eleven. One louder."

DiBergi: "Why don’t you just make 10 louder and make 10 be the top number, and make that a little louder?"

Nigel (after taking a moment to let this sink in): "These go to 11."
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Old 04-11-2005, 02:30 PM   #7
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Long live The Tap!!!!!
I hear they're looking for a drummer!!
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Old 04-13-2005, 01:18 PM   #8
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John, that Spinal Tap interview is exactly what goes through my mind when I have to do 21 reps of anything: "whew 20, finally got thru that alive, no, wait...21 is the Rx, how tacky & hanging chad-like, how cruel, how crossfit, it's got one more!"
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