Intensity – Are You Really Pushing Yourself?
There are few other variables as important as intensity when it comes to your fitness training program. Many people have good intentions by going to the gym or following a specific exercise program, but they lack intensity. The real issue boils down to a sense of productivity. Yes, you may be training for one hour, but what are you getting done in that one hour?
The real magic happens when you step outside of your comfort zone. Challenging yourself to things you didn’t think were possible and then overcoming them. There is no shortage of focus on the actual training aspect of fitness, but what is usually never discussed are the mental challenges you will face. Have you heard that voice in your head? You know, the one that says you can’t do it, or that you should stop when things start to get uncomfortable. That voice can be a great asset or your worst enemy. If you can learn to control that voice and keep going when you think you can’t do anymore, that is when you will truly make progress towards whatever goal you are trying to achieve.
It reminds me of when Muhammad Ali was asked how many situps he did. His response, “I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, because that’s when it really counts.”
Many of you stop when the pain starts to set in and the brain screams for you to stop. But that is the moment where the magic happens. Those reps are the ones that are giving you the most progress.
So only you know if you’re really giving an all-out effort towards your goals. Effort is between you and you. Only you know deep down if you are really giving it all you got. Or are you just pretending you are? Only you can answer that question. So I encourage you for those that are just going through the motions or haven’t stepped outside their comfort zone to do so. Get comfortable being uncomfortable and the sky is the limit for your goals and progress.