We’ve all been there. We joined the super fit group fitness class for the first time and we ACTUALLY wondered how they do it every single day.
Or you’ve been training really hard for a couple of weeks now, but you are starting to feel overwhelmed, fatigued and stressed.
Training to max heart rate every single session is by far one of the biggest misconceptions in the fitness industry. It actually often leads ot people not doing a session at all some days becuase they just don’t feel like they have it in them. Can you relate?
Let me share with you why you don’t need to do this every session. And you can still get results. Cue the loud screams.
Why You Don’t Have To Make Every Training Session And Workout Intense
Every now and again, I get a new client who has already reached their goals previously but somewhere along the line got off track and is trying to get back to where they used to be.
They think about a time when they were at their best physical weight. Sometimes I find this is linked to a very strict and intense workout and eating schedule which was not maintainable long term and lead to burn out or was a time when their lifestyle was drastically different to how it is now, i.e. pre kids or pre marriage, change of season, change of work.
This leads me into my first point which is that I cannot highlight enough the importance of taking the long term approach. Not only to reach and maintain your goals but for you mental happiness, confidence and fullfilness.
+ Action step: pick tasks each week that almost seem a little too each.
Tasks that will help you move forward, then build and layer from there. I am no carpenter but I know pretty darn well that you build house from the ground up. You make it a home when you add your own personal touch and influence too it, best suited to you. And that stuff takes time. Especially if you want a solid foundation so it will last.
Now, here are your points.
1. Learning the importance of how to train
Including tools to use each session so that every session serves a purpose but you don’t have to train to your maximum heart rate every session, is crucial.
I’ve got a tool that I provide for my email list called: How To Use RPE & Heart Rate Training Properly To Start Getting Results, and I think you should consider it if you want to find out the best (and easiest) method I use for myself and with clients also.
2. You don’t need to train to maximum heart rate every session.
Because of what science tells us. It’s not the only way to get results and it can be tied in with longer sessions at a slightly lower intensity (so you can train for longer).
3. You need to ensure you’re body is recovering properly.
Without this you can hinder results and progress from the maximum intensity workouts. This can sometimes mean that lower instesity sessions are crucial to your success and allow you to maximise the high intensity sessions you do do.
The last point I want to make and highlight today is that,
4. High intensity causes stress on the body.
Your body cannot determine the difference between emotional stress and physical stress. It is very important to choose the days and times at which you choose to complete maximum intensity sessions so that you are benefiting from them, not being hindered by them.
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