Intensity is what yields results, and that’s important to remember. It happens too often, athlete’s get into a chronic state of low intensity in their training, and they become upset when they fail to see the results they were hoping for. And as a coach, it’s important to remind your athletes that intensity and getting out of your comfort zone is where the progress happens. When an athlete lacks intensity and then lacks results they can become upset which will affect their training negatively.
Find The Right Intensity For Your Current Goal
If my goal for the day is to recover and move around after an exhausting day of training, then I will find the right intensity that will get me the optimal recovery I’m looking for. At the other end if my goal is to increase a rep max or build explosive power my intensity needs to be elevated otherwise the results will be minimal. The idea is to find the right intensity for the current training day and for your goals.
How Do You Get Intense?
It starts with being in the moment. When you get to the gym think about the training and don’t worry about anything else. Try an if, then thought process “If I go to the gym then I will focus only on training,” and “If I’m training then I will be at the desired intensity”. If your thoughts are elsewhere when you train, then you likely do not have the intensity needed for the days training.
GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE! This is important, right outside your comfort zone is fear, fear of failing your attempt, fear of injury, fear of not being good enough, but if you get past that fear and learn from your failure (you must fail and learn to make progress), you will reap the benefits. In this case, fear is the bridge to the best you and the progress you want/deserve. Get after it and try a new movement, move up a KB size during swings, or try a Rx weight in a metcon. And it is smart to speak with a coach so they can help you get out of your comfort zone with choosing something appropriate but still difficult.
Intensity Yields Results, Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable