Maximizing Aesthetics : Intensity & Volume

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Want to Maximize Aesthetics? It’s Crucial to Understand Intensity & Volume⁣⁣
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There is typically an inverse relationship between the two. If intensity is high, we likely want to keep volume lower. If volume is high, we need to be careful to control intensity.⁣⁣
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There can certainly be times when both are high or both are low, but it’s crucial to understand we can’t just slam our face into the floor via high intensity day-in & day-out if we want to look good & feel well in the long term.⁣⁣
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Intensity: how hard we’re working (Cruising along at 70-80% effort? Or are we competing with others, working to near failure, & “redlining” on the daily?)⁣⁣
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Volume: the entire amount of work we perform (sets, reps, load, etc)⁣⁣
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One could do extremely high volume with super low load (for example: walking). As intensity increases (such as running), the total time doing it decreases out of necessity. When sprinting, the output level is much closer to maximal & maybe 5-10 all-out bursts is all that can be performed. Lifting weights isn’t much different.⁣⁣
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The ability to auto-regulate and judge when to “push the bill” or “back-off” when training is a crucial life skill. ⁣

Self awareness is a helluva drug and we need to be able to analyze and how we feel inside and outside the gym. Blindly training hours on end, at high intensity, 5-7 times a week, is an eventual recipe for disaster.⁣⁣
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If we feel like shit, try manipulating volume and intensity by going lighter, taking more days off, or changing modalities completely. Modalities like spin class, HITT, Orange Theory, or Crossfit tend to be higher intensity, whereas stuff like lifting and bodybuilding may be less stressful on the body and might give the body a break.⁣⁣
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