How does a guy like me use intensity in my training? To me intensity is the key ingredient. It is a variable that can be manipulated in so many ways that it just has to be used over and over again. Intensity will bring mass and that's the goal right?
Intensity and Repetitions
The more repetitions you do at a given rate the higher the level of intensity. By adding at least 1 repetition with every workout you are slowly increasing the intensity of that exercise. It is completely within your control. You can push yourself harder and harder to gain intensity.
Intensity and Weight
The more weight you move the higher the level of intensity. The Stronglifts 5 x 5 program increases the intensity at every workout by adding 5 lbs. to the exercises. This approach increases the amount of intensity being displayed.
Intensity and Rest Periods
This is my favorite intensity technique. Using the rest period to increase the intensity. By shortening the rest period the intensity naturally increases. I love this technique. I combine it with weight and repetitions for some amazing intensity.
How Intensity Works to Build Muscle
The introduction of intensity into your routine will make you work even harder. The hard work will result in muscle gains. You can make your body go to places you never thought possible by using intense training techniques. Push yourself to do more repetitions and your strength goes up. When your strength goes up you can move more weight. Moving more weight adds to your muscle mass in a big way. Just think about that as you do your workouts.
Dig deep and push yourself to a new level. Don't give up. Make yourself go beyond. You will not regret it when you look in the mirror. For the results of intensity watch my progress as I aim to put on more muscle.