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"Workout Intensity": How much "no pain-no gain" should you apply?

When I was young, I received a lot of attention for my workout efforts. Two tours through U.S. Navy SEAL Training had made me unafraid of all out, go-for-broke workout intensity.

Unfortunately, I didn't get much attention for having a nice physique - which is what I'd have preferred. After all, why take up bodybuilding if your physique doesn't ultimately take on a discernibly better appearance than an 'average' body? Mine wasn't displaying such a distinction in those days. So my pride in being "Mr. Intensity" in the gym became somewhat a compensating factor - at least while it could.

But who wouldn't want visible results commensurate with efforts? I certainly did. And I'm here to tell you from experience that the "no pain/no gain" principle is effective only to a very specific threshold - beyond which It becomes counterproductive.

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"Workout Intensity": Even many personal trainers are unaware of the "no pain-no gain' threshold.


So where is that threshold? It lies right where your non-assisted maximum effort repetition can break you through your past volume lifted without contractile failure occurring.

Did you get that? I explain it in more detail within my fully guaranteed book, obtainable right here.

True - you won't make exciting gains in bodybuilding progress if you don't apply enough workout intensity. I've seen gym members who (sadly) put about as much effort into the final repetition of their workout sets as they do picking up a five-pound weight off the gym floor. No surprise why such individuals don't augment their musculature.

But in applying workout intensity, the law of diminishing return comes into play. Simply put, if you work out with too much intensity of effort, your muscles could remain about as unchanged as if you work out without enough.

Yet surprisingly, I often see high-paid personal fitness trainers who seem unaware of this. I've seen them push their clients to the point of absolute contractile failure and beyond during one set after another. It's never surprising to me when I see such clients with unchanged appearances after being well in to a block of sessions of such tutelage.

'Workout intensity' is important. It's important in its initial application - and even more so in its optimum degree. 

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