Tell me please which is the correct and natural way to say that someone wants someone to do things only after the person tells that person to do the things. Here is the context:

Do not do anything with the bar until I tell you to do something. Every move must be performed after my command/on command.

I am in doubt that my options are natural, but I cannot come up with something that is sounds native, so tell me please natural phrases to convey the meaning.

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In addition to "on my command" you could say

Every move must be done on command.


The dog rolls over on command.

This device will stream music on command.

There is also the related phrase on my mark, which is used in situations where a single action must be initiated rather than a series of actions:

On my mark ... ready, set, go!

Those are the words of someone who is the starter for a race.

  • Are the phrase "on command" are ok in terms of weightlifting? Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 11:57
  • Yes. If you said to me: "Don't do anything until I tell you to do it, and when I tell you to do it, you must do it on command." I would understand you to mean "Wait for my command before you do anything, and when you hear my command, don't delay but immediately do what you are told."
    – TimR
    Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 12:16

I'd go with "on my command".

It's a more natural way of saying that.


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