Know When To Push Your Limits

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Your training intensity will make or break you when it comes to reaching your fitness goals. You must know when to push your limits. If you’re a beginner lifter, first learn how to properly move through full ranges of motion. Take your time to ensure you are aware of your body and you know how to brace and breath while training. Once you build a foundation and learn how to properly train, then you must learn how to push your limits. Having a coach with proper programming can help build your confidence and push you to those unknowing limits. Most individuals do not understand the importance of training intent and intensity. No mater how much weight you can properly lift, if you focus on moving a particular load with maximum intent and intensity your results will speak for themselves. The stronger you get,  the more muscle mass you gain paired with the right nutrition and that is where the magic happens. 

The more you train, the more you start to understand your body and limits. You have to take in account the everyday lifestyle you live, nutrition, and rest/recovery. Sometimes you will not be hitting on all cylinders which is very common. Even us as strength coaches have those days but this is where accountability and programming comes in to play. The best way to be consistent is to set a schedule and trust your programming. You must understand every session is not going to be all out in terms of volume and numbers on paper but it’s vital to give maximum effort. This is why proper programming is important. 

Knowing when to push your limits is just as important as knowing your limitations. Especially if you have tweaks or injuries. Most individuals problems are due to weaknesses, which can be determined in a proper assessment. Once assessed and weaknesses are discovered, you must then strengthen those areas and most problems will go away. Now if you have the same aches and pains repeatedly with no improvements over time then you must take a step back and reassess or get checked out. If you don’t you can cause imbalances and  bigger problems. 

With all things considered, once you get assessed properly and find a program that’s specific to you, be sure to train with maximum intention staying aware of your limits. If you need help please contact us.

Jermaine Hough
M.S.

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