One element of training that is frequently misunderstood is intensity. To me this is a multifaceted element and every single person who wants to improve their physique should understand it to the fullest extent possible.
Intensity can be about rest time, taking sets to failure and a multitude of other things. I have a secret principle that also causes an increase in intensity. Before I discuss my secret I'd like to approach the other means for increasing intensity.
Rest Time and Intensity
If you want a more intense workout, play with your rest periods. Lower the rest period between sets and you will see an immediate increase in the intensity of your workout. Increase the rest period and the intensity decreases. It is a simple variable to play with and the results are amazing.
Failure and Intensity
The most obvious means of increasing intensity is to take sets to complete failure. You push your body beyond what it would normally handle and watch the intensity climb.
Complexes and Intensity
Another means of increasing intensity is all about how you perform the exercises. Instead of a superset or a giant set, do a complex where you have similar exercises grouped together along with a cardio type exercise. An example would be a deadlift into a squat into a kettlebell swing into a prowler push. This will work your muscles hard and increase your conditioning at the very same time. It is an intense method of working out.
My Secret Principle
I am a strong believer that every body part has a level of repetitions that works best for it. I also believe this number varies by the person. This is known as the repetition inroad principle. In short, your quads might be worked their hardest in the 8 to 10 repetition range while mine might respond best in the 6 to 8 repetition range. I have discussed this in previous articles and am in the middle of creating a video that will be available in the members area once launched.
All of these are ways to increase the intensity of your workouts. Give any or all of them a try.