what exactly is training intensity?

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  1. NormanNormal

    NormanNormal Where it all ends I can't fathom, my friends...

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    I keep hearing about this. "life hard" "life with intensity"... now I have an idea what this means but maybe im not understanding completely. Lets say for example my routine calls for 3 sets of 6-8 reps on bench press. Now I complete this just as the routine calls for, how does "intensity" factor in? What exact does it mean? isn't lifting 100lbs lifting 100lbs no matter how you do it? (as long as its correct form of course) As long as I put up that 100lbs 6-8 times in good form thats all that matters right?

    Sorry to sound like an idiot noob but everyone keeps telling me to "keep it intense" but im not sure what they mean.
     
  2. cavefish

    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    Well technically it refers to a % of your 1RM but I use it to mean train like a fucking animal.
     
  3. NormanNormal

    NormanNormal Where it all ends I can't fathom, my friends...

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    well thats the thing when you say "train like an animal", do you mean exceed what your routine calls for? such as more sets or more reps? To me putting up 150lbs is 150lbs no matter how you do it (correct form assumed).
     
  4. grampositivecocci

    grampositivecocci New Member

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    without intensity you might be able to do 200lb for 10 reps, with intensity, you might be able to do 225lb for 10 reps

    its getting angry, getting mean and attacking the weight. Like you would on the footy field....
     
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    no.. if your routine calls for 6 reps use a weight where you can barely get that 6th rep. dont use a weight that you can do 10 times and just stop at 6
     
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    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    I mean it as a state of mind, sure you can just lift the weights around like a bitch, or you can fucking throw them up like a beast man. I dunno how to explain it exactly, its something you have to experience.

    You know how some days in the gym you feel lazy and other days you're "in the zone?" You gotta dig deeper and get that focus and intensity and unleash it on the weights.
     
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    something which is hard to do by yourself, the main reason my training sucks in the holidays is because I haven't been training with my usually peeps.
     
  8. buninader

    buninader SMILE!!! I just got ******!!!

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    yeah, adreniline
     
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    hell yeah.. i had one of those days today. everything just felt lighter than usual. i love it when i'm in the zone and i got good music on teh mp3 player
     
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    after my last set for say 3x10 I'll slap on a little bit more weight and crank out another set. If I can get a full 10 I'll use that weight the next time around.
     
  11. cavefish

    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    Basically look how Ronnie trains, and look at how your average slapdick in the gym trains. You'll see the difference.
     
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    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    just before I touch the weight, I put my hands around it, and stiffen up for 3 seconds like I am about to kill something then pick it up
     
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    i think you're missing intensity a little....
     
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    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    damn I suck lately

    honestly the older I get, the more retarded I become
    it's like I get dumber by the day
     
  15. nonplus

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    he basically covered it there.

    ask yourself this... let's say you were trapped on a mountain in freezing snow alone under an 80 pound rock... could you lift it off yourself? i bet you could. so why not in the gym?

    sure you aren't huge yet. but you're probably stronger than you tell yourself you are
     
  16. Maestro Nobones

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    this is the first thing that I had to get in my head when starting christophers routine. It doesn't matter how much you think you can do, just keep piling on the weight until you start to fail. Kill yourself every time you lift and you will get stronger.
     
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    a lot of people are intimidated by weight, I've seen some pretty bad accidents, but its usually all good.
     
  18. Maestro Nobones

    Maestro Nobones Great Job! - GLAD DADS CREW

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    yeah I'm getting to the point where I'm in need of spots on some lifts but I just go ahead.
     
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    bench is really the only lift I need a spot in.

    If I was doing box squats I'd want one too, but don't do those currently
     
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    Its pushing yourself to the limit.

    I got to the gym every day and see people lifting about half of what they should, not breaking a sweat, not pushing themselves.

    When I walk into the gym, im in the zone. Im there, and I know that today is only going to happen once. Theres no second chance at this workout, I dont want to go home after its done and think to myself that I could have pushed it harder and trained more intense. Im in the here and now, and im going to make it count.

    I have to give it 110% if I want to make my goals.
    Im there 5 nights a week, regardless of what else I have to do, and regardless of how I feel.
    When I walk out of the gym, im covered in sweat. Literally. My tshirt is so soaked, it looks like I took a shower and forgot to take my shirt off.

    Sometimes after I push myself past the limit, I go to the locker room and puke. Ths is intensity at its finest.

    Ironically, after moving halfway across the country and back,I train at the same gym I started at when I was 20 years old, and weighed 165 lbs. At 27, im 230 lbs.
    I see quite a few familiar faces. People that were there 7 years ago, that look the same, weigh the same, and are in the same shape they were back then. Still wondering what the fuck they are missing.

    Sorry if this sounds a bit animal packish.
     
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    animal pakish is what makes intensity man.
     
  22. Maestro Nobones

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    :rofl: animal pakish
     
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    Intensity anyone?

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    hahaha god I remember the hype surrounding this, what did it eventuate to?
     
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    :bateman:
     
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