Intensity is the key to fast results in fitness

Intensity: noun in-ˈten(t)-sə-tē

  • the quality or state of being intense; especially : extreme degree of strength, force, energy, or feeling

Result: verb ri-ˈzəlt

  • to proceed or arise as a consequence, effect, or conclusion

Dymond in a puddle of his own sweat after training

Dymond laying a puddle of his own sweat 5 minutes after at 15 minute long intense workout

The most common result that fitness members of the Unit 2 family express is wanting to be more fit. That is they want less body fat, more muscle, better endurance, and a higher quality of life.

In this article there are two fictional Unit 2 members named Jack and Jill. Jack and Jill are both in their early 30s and started Unit 2 in about the same physical condition. They both eat about the same and have very similar lifestyles. They both want the same result: To be fit.

Example A: Jack trains at Unit 2 Fitness 5 days per week and does kickboxing and CrossFit. Jack feels that the classes are getting easy for him so 2 days per week he will do two classes back to back. On the days that Jack only does 1 class he stays after class and does a few extra reps on abs. Jack is getting fitter but more slowly than he would like.

Example B: Jill trains at Unit 2 Fitness 4 days per week and does kickboxing and CrossFit. She ends every class in a puddle of sweat laid out on the mat feeling like death may come and get her at any moment. Jill has never considered doing 2 classes back to back. It takes her a good 10 minutes of staring at the ceiling after class just to get up the energy to just get up move off the mat. Jill is getting results faster than she ever thought possible.

Why: Jack spends 3 more hours per week at the gym than Jill does yet is getting results slower than Jill. The reason is very simple yet is counter-intuitive to many people. Jill’s intensity for her 4 hours is very high whereas Jack’s intensity is low enough to allow him to do extra reps or another class. Jill’s higher intensity workouts are getting her faster results than Jack can ever hope to accomplish at his lower intensity level.

As trainers we see this scenario regularly. It is great that Jack is in the gym 5 days per week. However, Jack needs to raise his intensity level to a point that he can not even think about doing two fitness classes per day. Jack needs to stop “pacing himself” in class. If you want proof watch Jeff Boudreaux train. He is one of the fittest athletes in this gym and yet the man can barely walk after training. His intensity is what is getting him his results. If you want fast results then your intensity must be as high as possible.

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