Intensity and Discipline
Like mentioned in a previous article, strength itself can be viewed from a physical side as well as a mental side. I want to continue that thought today by stating it requires mental strength to attain greater physical strength. Intensity is the topic that I want to discuss today. If you have taken part in any of our classes or have talked to our coaches, you are bound to have heard that word “intensity”. The dictionary defines it as “the measurable amount of a property, such as force, brightness, or a magnetic field”. As athletes we need to have intensity while we train in order to elicit the response we are trying to generate from our training. Heading into a training session with a bad attitude is almost as bad as not going. When we are not mentally engaged with what we are doing we are not putting 100% of our effort into it and therefore not getting 100% of the result.
As an athlete that means that even if the day was shit and the sets and reps are grueling, we should greet the challenge with a smile. We see this “great separator” of intensity when it comes attaining the “SMART” goals that we have set for ourselves. Those of us that find ourselves exhausted for resources, having tried all method of programming, dieting, and gym under the sun, may benefit from looking internally and questioning our dedication to those goals. We must first humbly decide if we have set specific, attainable, relative, and time-based goals. This is where we must FIRST focus our attention. (Ref. previous article) When we do its time to address intensity.
I would personally describe intensity as the ability of an individual to focus on and perform a specific task or group of tasks relating to a specific goal. As a human we have varying levels of intensity when it comes to different tasks throughout the day. For example, a mother a can demonstrate a high level of intensity when disciplining their child because they truly care and are invested in the future and development of that child. That same mother may not demonstrate the same intensity while paying the bills or doing laundry. Although those tasks are vital, they don’t require or elicit the same amount of intensity the first scenario did. Through this totally unrelated story we need to consider where on our priority list our gym related goals fall. If they are not high enough to organically create that intensity, we simply will not be able to elicit the results that we are looking for from our training.
Discipline can conjure intensity. I understand that many of us lead chaotic lives, training may fall on the priority list to family, home, work or all of it. For the solution to this, I present you with discipline. IF our goals are important enough, we need to learn and implement the discipline to leave the outside world during our training and give the gym the time it deserves (Ex. leave your phone AND smart watch on silent in your bag, off the training floor). Through this directed focus we can LEARN the intensity required for the training we are performing. This definition will be different for all of us; But to me it means that while I am training, I am consciously thinking about what I can do to improve my next rep, how I can help my partner through their next rep, it means that I am trying to think to each fiber of each muscle that is working while I’m in the grind.
Intensity and the perception of that intensity is going to be different for each and every person. I hope that after taking a look at how we set SMART goals and learning what might be a new spin on intensity, we can take a fresh look on the path of training in front of us. I encourage everyone to step foot into their gym or
Intensity and the perception of that intensity is going to be different for each and every person. I hope that after taking a look at how we set SMART goals and learning what might be a new spin on intensity, we can take a fresh look on the path of training in front of us. I encourage everyone to step foot into their gym or #SasquatchCave with a new, and aggressive, outlook on intensity and crush their next session whether it’s a simple 5×5 or they’re going for the next world record. #SasquatchStrong