How to Measure Your Level of Intensity in the Gym


Hardcore training is the catalyst for accruing any type of success worthy of praise within this industry. Every time you step out onto the gym floor, you have to be willing to give it everything you have and be fearless in your pursuit. Your mindset must be one of total determination coupled with controlled rage in order to convince your body that growth is the only option. By virtue of your presence in the gym, others will know to stay out of your way and let you live in the world you’ve created that no one else is allowed in until you say otherwise. Your aggression, laser-like focus and unprecedented attack on the weights should be a testimonial to just how bad you want it and the fact that you are willing to do this every day speaks volumes about your character. When you think you’re training hard enough, there’s always another level you can get to and by measuring your level of intensity against the ones presented in this article, you’ll know exactly where you stand.

State of Mind

Harboring any sort of doubt or fear while training will be the death of your venture. There is an inherent risk any time you decide to push your body to its physical and mental limits. Those who do well in our sport thrive in this heightened level of imminent danger and know how the walk the fine line of insanity. There can be no second-guessing your actions, zero thoughts of failure and absolutely no regard for anything other than accomplishing the task at hand. You should have no idea who is around you or what is happening in the gym while you’re training, all you should hear is the deafening silence of your will to succeed and positive anger should be your driving force. If you are able to cultivate this state of mind and stay within it, you’re right where you need to be.

Total Destruction

The path you leave once you’ve completed your workout should be one of total destruction. Every time you grasp a barbell, you should be thinking about trying to bend it in half. Every machine you encounter better be reinforced and capable of handling more weight than it was constructed to hold because you’ve maxed it out long ago. Cables were meant to be broken and you’ve snapped more than you can count. The gym owner should cringe every time you walk through the door because his bottom line has taken too many hits because of you. Train like a caged animal who’s been released into the wild and is hungry. Your food is your gains and always assume it’s hunting season.

The Bends

When your training has concluded for the day and all the requirements for an intensity-fueled workout have been met, you will encounter what is known as the training bends. It is a type of decompression sickness that sets in when your body is doing its best to re-establish homeostasis yet is having difficulty doing so because of the level of intensity it had just endured. Plain and simple, you are going to feel messed up. You might feel queasy, you may have problems with your focus, you could be shaking, you probably won’t feel like eating and all you’re going to want to do is lie there and be still. Eventually you’ll get better at handling this and eventually look forward to its presence knowing that what you did in the gym was completely worthwhile.

The hardcore, high-intensity approach to training is what separates the weak from the strong. When you see someone in your gym lacing up their Tactical Trainers, pulling their hat brim down low and putting on their headphones to block out the rest of the world, you know they mean business. From there, you can either step aside or step it up; either way, make it Heyday.

Author: Dana Bushell

AST Sports Science sponsored athlete/writer, sponsored by Schiek Sports Inc.

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