You know my opinion on High Intensity Training. You have read other people talk about the need for intensity during your workouts. The question then becomes just how much intensity is enough?
The answer to this question lies in my training philosophy:
You can never work hard enough because you can always go harder than you just did.
Yes, I believe that intensity is something that grows with each subsequent workout. You can’t ever think you’ve gotten intense enough. Intensity in the moment is giving every single ounce of energy you have to the workout. I have been told by numerous people that most people are not capable of doing this on their own. I say that most people just never want to do this at all. They want to do just enough to get by and nothing more. This is unacceptable and is really not intensity.
You owe it to yourself to go to the max. Up that intensity to the highest possible level. When you walk out of the gym be satisfied with nothing less than the knowledge that you could not have done even one more rep on any of the exercises you just completed. Be totally sold out to your workout. Don’t accept anything less.
How much intensity is enough? The answer is there is never enough intensity as it is an ever increasing thing.
Mike’s Workout Log:
Matty’s Workout Log:
Today was the final calf focused workout of the week. Next week is a focus on the shoulders. I am excited about that because I feel I need work on my shoulders. Today’s training was great. I am back to doing almost the entire rack on the standing calf raise machine and yet I get 21 repetitions out of it. I had a realization today that blew me away. A year ago I was doing 40 lbs. on the lying leg curl and could barely get 8 repetitions out of it, but today I did 165 lbs. and got 9 repetitions out of it and that was after doing my calf raises. I felt very strong on my overhead press today, setting a personal best of 155 lbs. for 7 repetitions. I also set a personal best on my incline press doing 160 lbs. for 8 repetitions. As you look at my log you may notice that my shoulder shrugs went down dramatically from 13 repetitions on Wednesday to 6 repetitions today. This is because I pulled a muscle in my right upper back doing this workout. I finished my workout carefully and then headed home. Once home I used my foam roller to work on the area. There were several tender spots that I had to work on. I iced it and then used heat on it. By the end of the day it was feeling much better. I am glad I have the weekend to rest.
Intense exercise is the key to pushing your body to its limits.
How do you continually increase the intensity of your workouts? Comment this post to answer the question.
Until tomorrow…GET BACK TO LIFTING!