Do you go 100% when you workout? Or, do you take it easy? How can you tell? As a personal trainer, I take pride in being able to push beyond what people are capable of. Here are some ways to tell if your intensity isn’t high enough.

Soreness isn’t always the judge of a good workout, but it is a frame of reference.

Exercise is specific in targeting certain muscles. When you do enough of a certain exercise, those targeted muscles will be stressed and sore. Soreness isn’t always the judge of a good workout, but it is a frame of reference. If you haven’t gotten sore from doing cable triceps pushdown, then chances are the weight is light or you aren’t doing enough repetitions.

Your body isn’t changing.

Strength training increases muscle mass. Cardio burns calories. A quality training program should consist of a good balance between these two elements of fitness. When you incorporate these two consistently, it should lead to a change in the body. However, don’t expect too much too fast. There’s a perception that if you start exercising, your body changes drastically. Well, this isn’t the case because of body fat. If you want to see all your striations and “tone” arms, legs, or abs, then you would need to drop your body fat. Stay consistent and the body fat will drop, just not at the rate you want.

Ultimately, exercise is intensity-driven. The more effort you put in, the better the return. If you have been exercising for a while and notice no changes, it may not be the exercise itself, but the intensity. People overcomplicate fitness, but keep it simple ladies and gentlemen.

Hope you liked this week’s blog. Stay tuned for more next Wed………………….. Kei

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