We have all been there at one time or another…just going through the motions at the gym. Maybe we’ve got something else on our mind. There’s the mortgage, our kids, or maybe even our significant other that we’ve got swirling. It’s preoccupying our time in the gym. Or maybe it’s even simpler than that! Maybe there’s a hot chick that we keep staring at between sets while we’re training. However, if you notice that you aren’t quite achieving your fitness/physique goals, you may want to look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself if you’re training with the intensity you need to.
Now, let’s take the word “Intensity.” It can mean different things to different people. For some, intensity means taking your training sets past the point that your body is comfortable with. Sure, you can take your set of barbell curls and do 12 reps, but did you do the 12 reps, get to that number and just stop? Could you have done more? Could you maybe have increased the weight? Don’t be afraid to ask yourself the tough questions and keep pushing through the burn.
To really challenge yourself try not having a set number of reps you want to get! Just choose a weight that helps you get a range of reps. For example, if you are training heavy that week, set your sights on getting 5-8 reps per set. If you do more than 8, then you know you need to up the ante as far as weights go. If you can’t do 5 good ones by yourself, you need to lighten the load on the next set. However, no matter what, if you can do more than the number of reps you had in mind, don’t stop! Keep pounding the weights until the point of failure. Now that’s intensity!