Rest, Recovery, and Intensity

A while back I posted on facebook about earning your rest between workout sets and I couldn’t have been more serious. If you feel the need to continue to train or do some sort of cardio between work sets, stations, or exercises YOU DID NOT WORK HARD ENOUGH. What I mean is that if you still have the energy you did not give 100% to the exercise you were doing. Your recovery time is just that, a time to recovery, catch your breathe, and get ready for the next bout of exercise. Its not a time to continue to work, otherwise where is the rest and recovery between sets?

This is such an important yet overlooked part of training because the people that we see get really good results IN the facility give it 100% till the very end of every exercise, station, and workout. They don’t stop 5 seconds early, they don’t start stations late, and they work hard enough to EARN their rest between sets and stations. This is the difference maker between getting strong and getting results and getting really strong, ripped, defined, and looking awesome. Its the extra effort at every workout, every time you train.¬†We can only reap from workouts what we put into them and its entirely on us.

If you think you need to workout longer to get results the real problem probably lies with the intensity at which you work. Think about it, if you had 20-minutes to workout don’t you think that if you did sprints or some high intensity strength circuit that you could really tire yourself out? I know that I sure could AND can get benefits from doing it. On the other hand I could also do the same with an hour long session. The difference is in the intensity that I use. The shorter the time period the higher the intensity.

My Point?? If you already workout for 45-minutes the answer to more/better results is not about increasing your workout time to 60 or 75 minutes but increasing the amount of effort that you put into each exercise. If you went for an hour the intensity level would drop because of the added time. You can’t sprint for 45-minutes but you can walk or jog it. Don’t get caught up in how much time you do something for or the length of a session but rather what you put into that sessions and what you get out of it. There is nothing wrong with a 20 minute nor a 60 minute workout session, it all depends on how you use that time effectively.



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