Getting your training to translate to real life can be challenging. To truly (and permanently) see your body reshape as well as your performance improve takes a massive, passionate effort. It is not enough to just do a little cardio here or a little weightlifting there. You have to train with purpose.
ACTIVATE CORRECT MUSCLES
Hopefully you are starting to think about proper position when training (and even when sitting and standing) as well as taking a moment to think about what muscles should be working (I.E. if you are bicep curling-focusing wholeheartedly on engaging your biceps powerfully not just moving the weight).
Now I want you to start adding in the principle of MAX EFFORT into your movement, about what it means to train with purpose. Training at high levels of intensity can be intimidating at times. However, as long as you are using proper position (always first priority) and engaging the correct muscles, it is completely safe…at any age and level! Check out the video below where I show methods for creating max effort using the lower body as an example. These include methods for various different levels and abilities.
*Also, click here to look back at one of my favorite methods to safely include max effort in your training plan…and it only takes 20 minutes!
Max effort is such a simple principle but has vast benefits. Without training at such a high level of intensity (above 93% max effort/velocity to be exact), it is practically impossible to reach ones fullest potential. Some of the benefits include:
- Stimulation of the nervous system
- Stimulation of the immune system
- Cellular regeneration
- Improved resiliency (in all aspects of life)
- Thorough adaptation (strength applies to real life situations; not just the gym)
- Removal of cellulite
- Athletic Improvement
- Improved brain function
As you start to train with purpose and include max effort training in your daily life, there are a couple things to keep in mind.
- You are training at an extremely deep cellular level so it is crucial that you eat properly to recover.
- Your body will need high quality protein (between 20-40 grams) and “good” fats (omega 3 fatty acids) 30-60 minutes after training.
- As many raw veggies (especially dark, leafy greens) as you can eat throughout the day. You will need the vitamins!
- You may feel exhausted after you train.
- It is very common for people that are already fit to start training like this and report that they felt extremely tired for the first couple weeks as they are adapting.
- Sleeping more and taking naps is recommended.
- You will probably have to “psych yourself up” before you train.
- It is not easy to train at this level. You may need to give yourself a pep talk to prepare to give an amazing effort.
- The goal is to create a habit of giving an amazing, world-changing effort every time.
I will expand more on this in the future. For now…start moving more passionately than you ever have before…and start seeing a response you have never seen before. This is how we translate training to life.
Living with passionate effort,