It’s easy to get caught up in chasing the numbers. Adding more weight or squeezing in a few more reps.
It’s only once you get injured that you realise how you’ve pushed a bit too hard. Went a bit too far. Took your training more seriously than it deserves.
So you rest and recover. Begin to feel better. You start again. You get caught up in it. Add more weight and squeeze a few more reps. And get injured again.
Some people live their whole lives in this cycle. A chase for the number, for the sake of the number.
But there’s a point of enough. A point of diminishing returns. The numbers only matter as long they correlate with your health and performance outside of the gym.
Otherwise, the numbers have zero value.