You’re getting out what you put in
Have you ever noticed how two people can do the exact same fitness routine for a period of time and one will have breathtaking results while the other looks the same as when they started?
Why is that?
It’s frustrating when you are the person going through a fitness routine without seeing dramatic results. Might make you look for a reason outside of yourself to blame, such as genetics.
In reality, the thing holding you back is something that you have complete control over: it’s the intensity with which you exercise.
Intensity is something that’s difficult for the outside observer to measure but is felt within your body as you go through the motions of an exercise.
- It’s how hard you push yourself to go as heavy as possible.
- It’s picking up a weight that feels hard to handle.
- It’s resisting the urge to simply go through the motions.
- It’s outdoing your efforts from last time.
Now, I understand the urge to put out token effort in your workout, going through the motions while cutting corners along the way. We all have days when the weights feel extra heavy and our energy stores feel depleted, and those days will naturally be less intense.
However, when low intensity workouts are your norm, you simply won’t ever achieve the results that you’re hoping for. And this is something that you completely control.
So, as you go into your next workout, think about the intensity that you’re bringing. Are you pushing yourself with each rep? Could you go heavier? Could you do better than last time?
Fight the urge to be comfortable while you exercise. There’s plenty of time throughout your day to feel comfortable, just not while you’re working out.
Does this make sense?
Attack your next workout with 100% intensity and set a new standard for yourself to continuously push to become stronger, faster, leaner and more fit.
You’ve got this!
Are you coming up with a myriad of reasons why you aren’t able to exercise with intensity today? Don’t let the feeling of being tired keep you from an invigorating workout. Just think of how fantastic you’ll feel afterwards with all the feel good endorphins flowing through your body.
No excuses! Get going! You’ve got this!
Jamie Plunkett42 Posts
Jamie Plunkett founded Plunkett Fitness in 2009, after working as a trainer for various corporate gyms from 2002-2009. Jamie developed his passion for fitness and nutrition as an adolescent who always struggled with his weight. He graduated in 2004 from Emporia State University with a BS in Health Promotion. Jamie believes in always getting better, and spends much of his time each week continuing his education in fitness and nutrition. His current interests include nutrition, injury prevention, and strength training. Jamie holds the following certifications: ACSM – Health/Fitness Instructor, NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Poliquin – Bio Signature Practitioner Level 1, FMS – Level 1 & 2.