Intensity

Every so often my trainer Matt from the Sweatshop sends a motivational email to all of their clients.  This week was really got to me.  I thought about it the rest of the week and how this may have just started as an email about working out, but it can also be used in life.  To make changes, you have to be willing to go outside your normal routine and push a little bit harder.  Here is part of the email he sent out:

SWEATSHOP RULE: “INTENSITY
Whether you’re trying to lose weight, blast fat, get stronger, faster, leaner, etc.
You’re going to have to WORK HARD.
You’re going to have to PUSH YOURSELF.
You’re going to have to STEP OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
Read it here-
SIMPLY GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS WILL NOT GET YOU THE BODY THAT YOU WANT.
Do you know when REAL change happens?
It’s when you can barely lift out those last few reps because your arms are on fire, and everything in you wants to give up…
BUT YOU DON’T.
It’s when you’re gasping for air out of breath, your heart is beating out of your chest, you still have 20 more burpees to go, and everything in you wants to give up…
BUT YOU DON’T.
It’s when you’re brain is telling you that you can’t possibly do that…
BUT YOU DO IT ANYWAY.
No one said this was going to be easy, but you know what?…
That’s why the majority of the country is out of shape, overweight, and at risk for numerous health diseases.
BECAUSE IT TAKES HARD WORK TO CHANGE YOUR BODY AND MOST PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR THAT QUICK AND EASY FIX:
That next diet, that next gadget, that next workout fad, that next “magic” pill…
THIS IS NOT YOU.
You DO NOT talk on your cell phone in between sets.
You DO NOT spend 90 minutes pacing yourself during a workout.
You DO NOT make excuses.
You DO NOT always choose the “easy” road because it’s “easy.”
You DO NOT simply go through the motions.
You DO NOT listen to that little voice in your head that always tells you to stop.
YOU DO NOT GIVE UP WHEN THINGS GET HARD!!
 
YOU DO demonstrate “INTENSITY.”

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Suffice it to say that this week’s workouts after receiving this email were incredible.  As much as I have been working out since the New Year, I admit I have been pacing a bit through the workouts.  Time to push a little more, run a little faster, and breathe a little harder.  Once I can get into this groove I think I will be good, but until then, I will be exhausted after workouts.

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