Training Intensity

The key to creating a great looking physique is using the correct amount of intensity. Intensity is measured by the effort that you perform each exercise. I often see people working out at my gym with no intensity or vigor at all. They are simply going through the motions. They aren’t doing enough to invoke any type of adaptive stimulation to stress the muscle tissue. In order to see a change in the body is important to work at an intensity of 85% or greater to influence the muscles to fight for the contraction. It is during this struggle that the neuromuscular system changes. The more muscle that you can engage the more breakdown of the tissue occurs. Over time this will force the muscles to adapt into a new pattern of strength. The more muscle you can activate the bigger the aerobic and anaerobic enzymes of the muscles get, which means that you will be able to burn more sugar and fat. Increasing lean body mass while losing body fat is the key to of having a great looking physique. When you train you need to produce a struggle with the muscle without compromising form. People have a tough time going into the pain zone because they are afraid. Fear will limit your gains. You must face the pain with intense pleasure and attack each and every rep as if it was your last. Make every rep count, wasted reps means wasted time. Choosing the right weight is important. I don’t care if you are only lifting 10 pounds if the muscle is struggling and working hard then that is the correct weight. Never compromise form. Challenge yourself and reap the benefits of having a great looking physique. Nothing comes easy– Train with vigor.

Daryl Conant, M.Ed

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