Learning and knowing you fitness level can give you the data needed to add intensity to every workout. On my last post I received an awesome comment from Pam. All of her words was so encouraging and real. But her last ones stuck to me the most.
“The INTENSITY, that comes internally, is making the whole journey fun.”
Pam hit it right on the nose. Intensity starts from the inside and consumes what’s on the out. Intensity not only will enhance your workouts, but it will enhance your attitude, your self-perception, and your fitness courage.
YOUR FITNESS LEVEL
The first step to applying and analyzing your intensity is to know your fitness level. How can you know your fitness levels?
By documenting every rep, set, weight, time, mile, etc.… for every workout. This will give you the data needed to know your fitness level and to add intensity to your workout. Each and every workout will be a self-challenge to do and be better. You can increase the weights, increase the reps, change the time to complete, or any modification. Those simple workout changes will require more intensity to complete. It doesn’t take much to do the same workouts, same reps, same mileage, or same pace. Your body locks into that mode and learns how to endure. Adding and modifying your workouts requires an earnestness of purpose to achieve, “Intensity”.
YOUR FITNESS GOALS
The second step to applying and analyzing your intensity is to know your fitness goals.
What is your fitness goal?
An archer cannot hit the bulls eye if he doesn’t know where the target is.” Setting fitness goals are vital. It gives you something to aim at. So what is your goal? What do you plan to achieve? When do you want to achieve it? What is your desire outcome? Do you want to loose fat and retain muscle? Do you have an event in which you want to slim up for? Are you getting ready to compete in a fitness competition? WHAT IS YOUR GOAL?
Knowing your fitness goals sets your workout target. Your fitness goal allows you to develop, strategies, and plan for success. Each and every workout can be tailored and designed for your goal. The goal and time expected to accomplish will give you the knowledge to know how much intensity to apply. If your goal is challenging and you have a short time for accomplishment. You would add more intensity to your workouts. If you have more time for accomplishment, you can decrease the intensity and slowly increase intensity the closer you get to your targeted time. Intensity is like the gas paddle for a car. The less you press down on the paddle the slower you will go, you will burn less gas, and it will take longer to get to your destination. The more you press down on the paddle the faster you will go, more gas is burnt and you will arrive at your destination quicker. If you do not press down on the paddle, all you will do is set in idle, going no where. Do you see how important it is to know your fitness goals?
Are you ready to go for it now? Are you read to get the results you deserve? Are you ready to express great zeal, energy, determination, or concentration? Are you ready to exhibit strong feelings and/or an earnestness of purpose to achieve your fitness goal? Are you ready to have fun like Pam during your fitness journey?
All you need is to add Intensity. All you need is earnestness of purpose to achieve.