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Relative Intensity

How intense should your workouts be? You may be thinking that the more intense they are, the better your results will be. With that in mind many people turn to HIIT training to increase their intensity. But do you really need high intensity or an intensity level relative to where you are at and your goals?

If you guessed the latter, congratulations! The truth is, you need relative intensity, not high intensity. If you are brand new to fitness, should you do a bunch of really hard really fast workouts? No. You should work on competency in the required movements, increase your strength on those movements and then you can begin going faster. That’s what we mean by relative intensity. For you, increasing the intensity may be by adding more reps at slower tempo, for me, it may be adding heavier weights, and for someone else, it could mean moving faster. It’s all relative!

If you think you need more intensity, take a step back and assess where you are. Do you move flawlessly, or could you stand to improve your technique? Is your goal to be as fit as humanly possible, to do you just want to be able to play with your kids? Can you move for an hour without getting tired? All of these questions will dive you to the right increase in intensity!

If you need help determining exactly where to start, schedule an intro with one of our coaches and they will help get you started. You can book that here:

https://286performance.com/free-intro/

-Al

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