Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Day 119: EarthQuake Intensity


Intensity is the single most important factor of your workouts. Your level of intensity will determine your success or failure in your physique transformation pursuits. Intensity is the X-Factor.

The trouble with discussing intensity is, how do you define it? What you define as intense may not be the same for me and vice versa. At the heart of this question is, are you training with enough intensity to radically transform your body in a short period of time?

At what point do you quit? Do you stay within your pre-determined rep ranges? Or do you strive to pump out that last rep whilst in the grip of muscular agony that burns through every last fibre of your being?

Re-read that last sentence.

This is what it takes.

I'll leave you with my version of intensity. This is something I call EarthQuake Intensity.

Let me explain…imagine that an earthquake struck during your workout (a very real possibility in Japan where I live) and your gym came crashing down with weights, racks, machines and dumbells flying everywhere.

Now just imagine the damage that would cause to the gym…and to you.

Here's what I want you to think about.

In the split second before that earthquake struck would you be going down in a blaze of glory giving it your all? Or would you already regret not maxing out your potential by not pushing yourself through the pain barrier?

Here's the point, train hard with intensity on every rep of every set because you never know how long you have to live your dreams.

Finally...if you don't believe me take a trip to Kobe in Japan and ask people there how quickly earthquakes can destroy buildings and lives. I personally know many people who were directly affected by the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995.


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