Do you like the intensity of HIIT workouts?
I’ve written articles on Intensity before, but this one is to address intensity for intensity’s sake.
Intensity is where the results are so it’s definitely a good thing. You can’t reach goals without pushing your limits.
However, I’m seeing so many gyms and routines focused on intensity lately and often it’s just for intensity sake. Everything is made harder just so it’s harder.
It’s intensity for intensity’s sake and this is how we run into problems. Problems like injuries.
If you’ve gotten an injury from your workout, you’re doing it wrong. You’ve pushed well beyond your capacity and your body couldn’t handle it.
When the only goal is finishing your workout in a pool of your own sweat on the floor, this isn’t a good thing. If the idea is to “crush anybody that tries this” then the workout doesn’t have any other goal. It’s not specific to any person.
Smart intensity knows your limits and pushes on that. It makes it hard for YOU.
Stop focusing on intensity for intensity’s sake. This usually means pushing well past our limits and this type of training often ends with injury.
If you’re going to push, you need to know why you’re pushing and how far to push. You need to know how that pushing will benefit you, not harm you.