n pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being intense
2. extreme force, degree, or amount
This post goes with the post about the workouts being tough that I posted on Monday. Something that is unfortunately all too common at the big box gyms is someone will do one moderate set of an exercise then start talking on the phone or their buddies, there’s really no pushing hard just kind of going through the motions. One of the major things that hold many people back from attaining their fitness goals is a lack of intensity in their training. While the workouts here at GSKB generally have some level of intensity built in to them, it’s totally possible to dial the intensity way down.
Side note: All of you folks that are training here at GSKB, I’m not talking about you, you kick butt!!
By training intensely I mean doing more reps in the allotted time, doing the assigned reps faster, or with more weight, or both if it applies. Training the way we do requires a different mind set than doing things like long distance running or cycling or even kettlebell sport. Where in those activities the point is developing a pace and maintaining it until the end. The mind set we need to get to is developing better technique, and using that technique to move faster and to be able to move more weight. What will happen is that as your intensity increases, your results will improve.
There is a downside to training with intensity. There is too much of a good thing. What might be intense for one will simply cause injury to someone else. Some of us joke about training to the point of throwing up, while it won’t kill you, getting to that point isn’t the end goal of a workout. This is where the post relates to Mondays post. You need to test the limits of ‘your’ discomfort and when you find that what your doing is comfortable, it’s time to up the intensity.