In the world of fitness, it has become extremely popular to focus on turning things up a notch. I love it! While it is true that balance is important, it is also true that pushing limits is what forces us to adapt, to become better. One of the most impactful variables when training for adaptation is intensity. Intensity is a relative term.
Personally, I believe that the concept of intensity has become distorted for the average gym goer. For those who consider themselves to be less physically fit or for those who have yet to develop strong confidence in their physical abilities, this can create a sense of intimidation or a feeling of “I will never get THERE!”. Well, my response to anyone who is thinking or feeling that way is YES YOU CAN. Nothing is achieved overnight however by putting forth intensity, relative to your current abilities, each day is going to get you there! Intensity is nothing more that action with intent. Have intent and believe in what it is that you intend to achieve. If you do, you will naturally think, move, and act with intensity and purpose. When you think, move, and act with intensity and purpose you achieve goals and exceed expectations.
So how do you do that? How do you ensure that you are able to think, move, and act with purpose? In order to achieve goals and exceed expectations you must first develop good habits. Good habits are formed through repeating a process over and over until it becomes natural. In order to have a shot at developing good nutritional and exercise habits for instance, you must be honest with yourself about what amount of time and energy you are able and willing to put forth. Once you determine what the expectation is, you now must determine how to meet or exceed that expectation each and every day. The best way to do that is to become efficient. Put tools in place that create a sense of accountability and also provide a straight forward opportunity to work on the task at hand.
One of the most convenient and effective tools that you can use to achieve optimal intensity and to ensure that you are moving with purpose is a resistance band. Regardless of your fitness level you can incorporate resistance bands into your training regimen and make noticeable improvements is multiple components of your fitness.
*Beginners who struggle to maintain form or are looking for a tool that is very helpful in modifying movements to make them safer and more effective.
*Intermediates who have solid baseline fitness and are looking to take things to the next level in regards to muscularity, conditioning, cardiovascular capacity, etc.
*Experts who are looking for a new challenge that offers an opportunity to truly test your limits, whether you are focused on becoming more explosive, improving mobility, or enhancing the recovery process.
We are all capable of achieving great things. If we move with intent and
purpose, then we can exceed expectation set by others as well as those
that we have set for ourselves.