4 Fun Ways to Add Intensity to Your Workout
It’s hard to argue with the facts that we don’t have to workout for longer to get more results. Science is telling us that smaller bursts of high intensity training will have larger effects on our bodies faster than lengthy traditional training methods. What are ways we can add intensity to a workout to make it more effective?
Grab a partner
A quick and easy way to make any workout harder is to have someone else there to push you. Hire a trainer, join a group exercise class, find a workout buddy, join a fitness challenge, meet someone new at the gym, workout when your “crush” is at the gym, or attend a small group training session. As soon as you add another person into your equation to hold you accountable, compete with, or impress (vain but true) you will ramp up the intensity in your workout performance without even realizing it. Just make sure it isn’t someone who will distract you or keep you talking the entire time. Remember the goal is to work harder and smarter in less time!
Try something new
A simple sentiment but true. Sometimes all it takes is changing up the monotony to have a more effective workout. There’s a wonderful theory called periodization; which at the most basic level means dividing your training into phases or cycles, all of which focus on different goals in order to reach a final major goal at just the right time. Add intervals, instability, supersets, tri-sets, classes, new training methods or anything else to keep your workouts from being exactly the same every week. Keep your body guessing and it will have to learn how to be more adaptable which will encourage progress.
No one ever likes to hear this option but it’s so very true. Our bodies need time to recover in order the work harder. If you add a little rest time into your schedule you will most likely see results start to happen faster. We get stronger from the re-building process that happens after we workout not the actual act of lifting weights. Rest time between sets can also make a huge difference. When you are fully rested, whether it’s between a set or workouts, you will be able to practice safer and correct form for longer amounts of time which will lead to a more effective workout.
Push your boundaries
No one ever achieved their goal by staying stagnant and comfortable. Push yourself to accomplish a big goal, take a chance, try something new and see where it takes you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, that’s what trainers are there for! Whether it’s driving in a snow storm, taking a new group exercise class, or wearing a fanny pack; life is more fun when you challenge yourself a little each day.
How do you add intensity to your workouts?
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