Fitmark Ambassador Andrew Bukowsky talks about pushing yourself
With the New Year in full swing, it’s the perfect time to focus on creating a new training plan, designed specific to your personal goals. Something that is often overlooked in a training plan, especially if you reduce the frequency of our visits to the gym, is to reach the appropriate intensity level for your training. How many times have you left the gym after a full workout and felt like you didn’t give it all you’ve got? This is due to a lack of intensity.
When exercising, it is important to recognize and understand workout intensity. When I refer to exercise intensity, I mean how the activity feels to you and how hard your heart is working. First, when we look at how you feel, this means how hard are pushing yourself. What might feel like a heavy workout for you, might feel easy for another person that is more fit, or has been performing the exercise for a longer period of time. On the other hand, if you measure how hard your heart is working, generally the higher your heart rate during physical activity, the higher level of exercise intensity.
If you were to take two people with similar body types and fitness levels, put them to work on the same program and monitored their results over a specified period of time, you would likely see different results. This is often due to each person exercising at different intensity levels.
If we don’t focus on our levels of intensity, it can really hamper our ability to achieve the results we are looking for, which can be detrimental to our long-term success in health and fitness, especially if fitness is a new beginning and we are not seeing results. It can often leave us feeling defeated and as a result, we’ll lose the commitment to our goals and give up.
So, if you find yourself spending the majority of your gym time chatting or messaging on your cell phone, take a moment to refocus and bring the intensity. When you do, you will be surprised with what you can achieve and amazed with your long-term results.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013