My website articles often reflect what is going on my gym during that specific time.
Last month we were doing a lot of mobility and gpp, now it is crunch time. Most of my athletes play a winter sport and they are down 10 weeks to go all out and make themselves better.
It is time to push the #1 aspect of a good training session – Intensity (previous article “Crank The Intensity“)
Of course you need good programming, but even if you have the world’s greatest strength program, and walk through the motions, that will yield NO RESULTS.
=>IMPORTANT (and the point of this post): Intensity DOES NOT mean attacking every exercise like a mad man until failure. Sometimes it does, as with the Tabata rope battling below, but there are often misconceptions of intensity.
Proper Training Intensity
In-ten-si-ty (noun) great energy, strength, concentration, vehemence, etc., as of activity, thought, or feeling (Dictionary.com) .
Intensity Gone Wrong
In-ten-si-ty (noun) do every exercise until YOU DIE! AHHHH Red Bull!!!!!!! MUSCLE MILK!!!! If you are still alive at the end of a workout you did it WRONG you pansy!!!! AHHHHHHHHHH. Now slap me in the face so I get pumped up for this last set of straight bar curls… AHHH CHECK OUT MY BICEP PEAK! Try to climb that Sir Edmund Hillary….
(anyone get my first person to climb Mt. Everest joke?)
Back to being serious.
Proper training intensity is focusing your energy and strength on an performing your lifts.
- Crank your favorite song
- Close your eyes and take a deep breathe before the lift
- Know that every lift means something
- Picture someone important watching you lift.
The last one is something I have done for years. I have pictured family and friends watching me lift that I haven’t seen in years. It fires up my senses and adrenaline because I don’t want to let these people down.
Then I breathe, open my eyes, and attack the lift….for the proper sets and reps as prescribed in the program <===important note for people that equate intensity with training to failure.
Rope Battling Intensity
Garrett is able to clear his mind and attack his lifts and workouts exactly as the program dictates.
Long story short…You have to be able to “flip the switch” when it is go time.
How do you get mentally and physically prepared for an intense lift? SHARE YOUR TIPS for everyone in the comments! Thank you.
- Joe Hashey, CSCS -
PS. I’m still gleaming from my average Sir Edmund Hillary joke.
PPS. The Free mobility 2.0 bonus on YouTube – the one that has been up for 2 months – ends today as we passed 2,500 subscribers. I’ll still pass out the free Ebook and online DVD until tonight – so CLICK HERE – and watch the video for details.