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Bring the Intensity!

by Mario Castrejon on August 9, 2012

I been watching the Olympics almost every night for the past couple of days and I’m really enjoying them. My favorite events are track and field, swimming, and gymnastics. All of those athletes are in the best shape of their lives. I’m especially impressed on how the sprinters look because they are very muscular and ripped. The one thing all these athletes bring into every single workout they do is intensity. They workout very hard and intense because they want to be the best they can be. They don’t waste any time at all and they always have a plan.

When you workout do you REALLY bring the intensity? Do you have a plan or do you just wing it? If you truly want to be in the best shape you can be, then you must bring the intensity and have a plan. Don’t go to the gym without knowing what do to. Don’t go and say, “today I feel like doing some chest.” Eliminate the “I feel like” out of your vocabulary and just follow a plan. You should already know exactly what exercises you will be doing each day. Once you have the right workout and nutrition plan, all you have to do is execute. Like Nike says…just do it!

When you start your workouts concentrate on what you are doing. Don’t be one of those guys at the gym texting or making phone calls while sitting on the machines. If you got 30-60 min for your workout, then just make them the absolute best 30-60 min and leave everything you got in the gym. This way you can go home and really say that you did your best. This way you will get the best results in the least amount of time. You want to invest time in the gym and not spend time in the gym.

If you workout at home doing any Beachbody workout program, then do your best not to hit pause during the workouts. Do your best to keep up with the people on the DVD and eventually you will get just as good or even better than them. Just push play every single day and do your absolute best.

So how do you find out if you are really bringing the intensity? The easy way would be to get yourself a heart rate monitor. Figure out your fat burning zone and make sure that you are in your zone. Use the monitor every time you do cardio-conditioning workouts. When you lift weights you should always have a watch so you can keep track of your rest periods. If you are going to rest 60 sec in between sets, then make sure it’s only 60 sec and not longer than that. If you are really bringing the intensity you should be gasping for air. Your workouts need to be short and intense, not long and easy. If you want to really check out the intensity that I’m talking about try to do an Insanity or P90X workout. Good luck to you in your fitness and always remember to bring the intensity in every single workout that you do.

If you are serious & ready to change your life, contact me because I’m ready to help you!

Mario Castrejon
Team Beachbody Coach

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