The Right Amount
There’s this misguided notion in the fitness world that you have to absolutely destroy yourself to get a good workout. Like be so sore that you can’t even walk.
Working out to that intensity, beating the crap out of your body, doing exercises that have no reason behind them, will eventually lead to injury and burnout.
However, just going through the motions and not pushing yourself a little probably is not going to lead to alot of positive changes either.
It's a delicate balance and we see it everyday at TFT as well...
There are some that are going at a super fast and intense pace and should slow it down a little.
On the other hand, there are some that don't realize how hard you need to work to see some results.
So the definitive answer is.....As with most (if not all) things fitness-related, it depends.
If you’re just starting out and new to exercise, we want you to take it slow, make sure you learn the proper form and technique on all the exercises.
But after 4 weeks or so of consistent training (3-4x per week), there has to be some level of intensity in your workouts or nothing’s going to happen.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being all out intensity, I’d say 90% of your workouts should be in the 6-8 range.
Anything in the 9 or 10 intensity is probably too much to sustain long-term, and anything 5 and below probably isn't going to cut it either.
So pay attention during (and the day after) your workouts and find that “sweet spot” where you’re making constant progress and NOT feeling like sh*t everyday.
If you have any questions or need some help figuring it out, don’t hesitate to reach out!