Thursday, 23 August 2012


Intensity All through your life you will have heard people say, ‘You only get out what you put in’. Maybe you’ve heard it so much that you don’t know what it means anymore. Maybe in your career you’ve felt diminishing returns, where the more effort you put in, the less you seem to achieve. You might have lost faith in this truism. There is one area, however, where it will always be true, and that’s fitness. When you are training your body you only EVER get out what you put in. Intensity is the most over looked aspect of training, one which never seems to be mentioned in any of the popular fitness publications. They will tell you to tweak your hand placement, put your feet on a stability ball, eat more salmon, go paleo - everything except work harder. If you attack an exercise with everything you’ve got, you’ll find that three sets of ten burpees and some shadow boxing can be more than enough to leave you gasping. You can walk through a workout, or you can sprint. I am always more impressed by the overweight 40 year old that refuses to quit, than the trim 20 something who dawdles through a workout. Push yourself hard, time your workouts, lift fast with good form, sprint don’t jog, explode out of the blocks, do whatever you can to push yourself that little bit harder. If you do, you’ll start to see some real benefits, and you may just find that glass ceiling you are pushing at is all in your imagination.

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