How To Know If You’re Training Hard Enough…
If you could rate your training intensity on a scale of 1 to 10, where would it lie? I mean really think about it for a moment and be honest.
I have found that people don’t seem to realise there is a HUGE difference between training intensities, there is having a work out, then there is the full on gut buster that really gets your metabolism cranked up. If you can walk out of the gym saying, “I just had a great workout!” with a smile on your face and a spring in your step, then you may want to reconsider your training methods, and how you can improve them (also what a “great workout” means). On the other hand, if you needed assistance getting home and then have your mum cut you meat because you were absolutely buggered, then you are probably doing it right.
NOTE: Every workout doesn’t have to be full on but some should be.
You are doing free-weight squats. You load the bar, get positioned, lift off, and step back.
Now, there a couple of things that could be happening at this time.
1) You begin to think about what you’ll have for dinner.
2) You stare at the eye-candy walking around the gym.
3) You feel totally focused and the only thing on your mind is that there is some heavy weight on your shoulders.
If you have found that you are a victim to numbers 1 and/or 2, you need to harden up. That weight should be heavy enough that you’re not even paying attention to what’s going on around you.
Let me make this abundantly clear; how to know if you’re training hard enough (or not)
1. If you can admire yourself in the mirror while you are performing a set, you aren’t training intensely enough.
2. If you have time to stare at all the other people in the gym instead of tracking your workout and attempting to gain your balance and catch your breath, you’re not training intensely enough.
3. If you can walk out of the gym the same way you walked in, you’re not training intensely enough.
4. If you’re worried about what you look like when you workout, you’re not training intensely enough.
5. If you’re poised and composed, you’re not training intensely enough.
6. And here’s the killer guys, if you’re not seeing results….GUESS WHAT?!?! Yeah, you’re not training intensely enough.
Want results then you must test your limits. If you want to be strong, look good naked, and feel good, you have to work your arse off. Half an hour 2 or 3 times a week just aint gunna cut it!
When you begin your journey to transform your body introductory programs like e.g. 3 sets of leg presses, bicep curls, lat pulls, etc.) are OK. But your training regime must evolve if you are to realise your goals.