Due to the pandemic, most gyms around the world have shut down. So where does this leave most people? To workout at home.
Now it’s not to say working out at home is a bad thing because it’s not. It all comes down to the individual and how bad they want to see results.
& regardless of the gyms being open or not, I can confidently say reaching a plateau is inevitable if you’re not expanding your workout knowledge.
With that said, here are 6 effective ways you can increase the intensity of your workouts starting today.
Utilize My Free Workouts
To instantly make your workouts harder, especially at home, utilize all the free workouts that I regularly post. Every exercise, reps, and sets have been carefully laid out to take your workouts to the next level. The best part? Most of the workouts require minimal equipment! So if you instantly want to make your workouts harder, try new workouts that your body isn’t used to.
Less Rest Throughout The Workout
Pulling out your phone to check Facebook and Instagram between sets or even reps, is a major reason why most never get a good workout.
By cutting your rest time and any distractions that will allow you to rest, you’ll have more focus on completing each set more aggressively.
So whether you cut your rest times in half or entirely, know that it’ll skyrocket the intensity.
Go For A Higher Rep Range
If you can get through 10 push-ups and smile afterward, it’s not enough. If you can do 20 jump squats and are still able to sit on the toilet, it’s not enough. Let’s face it, most people’s rep ranges are underwhelming.
Perform a rep range that gets you tired faster and stick with that range until it becomes easy. The good thing about doing it this way? You’ll know your improvement.
Throw Away Your Routine
If you’ve been doing the same routine for the past 10 years, 5 years, or even last year, I believe it’s time to switch it up.
There’s plenty of resources out there that can refresh your workouts (hint: my free workouts) or even searching up workouts on youtube.
But sometimes it’s not the workouts but the individual’s lack of wanting change. There’s plenty of phenomenal workouts that are completely free, however, it’s up to the individual to accept a change that will make the difference.
Be More Consistent
I applaud anyone that attempts to workout at least once a week. It’s a step in the right direction. However, these same individuals are the ones who become discouraged with their efforts because they aren’t seeing results fast enough.
Let’s put this into perspective.
It takes a 3500 calorie deficit to lose a pound. If you were to be at a 500 calorie deficit with exercise + diet a day, you’ll lose 1 pound a week.
500 calories/day x 7 days = 3500 calories
So if you only workout once a week, you dramatically slow down your progress.
Main take away, the more you workout, the faster you’ll reach your fitness goals.
Utilize The Outdoors
If your workouts have become dull within your household, try utilizing your backyard or sidewalk outside.
One of my clients lives right in front of a nice park, so for her homework, I have her run a lap as part of her workout.
Her workout looks something like this.
Run a lap
Run a lap
Sprint 100 yards
Kind of get the idea? So utilize all the free space outside your house and you’ll instantly see the intensity of your workouts skyrocket.
If you want to take your workouts up a notch, plan to become uncomfortable and open-minded. Explore new ways that can shock your body and then apply them. Still don’t know where to start? Schedule a free consultation with me and we’ll get you on track, FAST.