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Are you Training Hard Enough?

Why do you train?

Certainly, it's NOT to get weaker or to NOT see results in the gym.

We all want results!

Tracking training efforts can be as easy or as complicated as we want to make it.

There are ways that we can track our training effort to ensure that we are on the right path to seeing what we want to see: progress.

The RPE method and RIR method, which are very good at guiding training proximity to failure in a program, are great for more experienced lifters.

In this article, we won't dive into the details of those systems, but instead list 5 practical questions that we can ask ourselves after we finish a training session to guide the training process.

There needs to be a reason for everything in the training program, and this is the most simplistic AND comprehensive way that I've found that makes the most sense.

The System

  1. How was my motivation today? (Scale it from 1-10) If it was low, what factored into this? Poor sleep quality, poor nutrition, etc...?

  2. Could I have done more? (Yes or No)

  3. Did I increase weight or add reps? (Yes or No) Why or why not?

  4. Did I increase the amount of sets? (Yes or No) Why or why not?

  5. Did I push close to my limit on a certain exercise? (Yes or No) Why or why not?

Now, we don't want to train at 100% effort and intensity EVERY TIME, but for the most part, most of our training should be difficult to warrant gains in strength and muscle growth.

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