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4 Reasons you’re not working hard enough.

1.You’re not getting stronger

You should expect strength gains after about four to six weeks of consistent training.  If you’re trying to get stronger, you need to have the right sets and reps to achieve your desired results.

For example, if you’re normally doing 20 or more reps, with light resistance, you’ll need to decrease the number of reps to 10, and increase the resistance, (weight).

Remember to exercises according to your goals.

2.You’re never sore

Some muscle soreness is expected a day or so after your workout.  Your body starts repairing itself  as soon as you finish your workout, so if there no soreness, than you probably didn’t tear down the muscles enough.

Increasing your intensity gradually to be a bit sore after each workout is normal.  On the other hand, if there is too much soreness, injury could be next. 

When trying to increase your fitness level, you need to get out of the easy zone.  Challenge yourself, feel the soreness, and remember to allow for recovery time as well.

3.You can talk when you’re doing cardio

When doing cardio exercises for recovery, take it easy.  When you’re doing it for speed or to improve your cardio, speed it it up.

A good indication that you’re not working hard enough is how easily you can recite the alphabet.  If you can say the whole song (you know you can sing it), without taking a big breath, you need to pick up the pace.

4. You feel it was to easy after you finish.  

Chances are you’ve had the feeling before of a workout being easy.  What you need to do is learn how your body feels when it’s “to easy”.

If you know doing 20 squats in 30 seconds (in a circuit) won’t make you out of breath.  Try to do 25 or add resistance somehow.  I’m sure if you ask a trainer, (like me, for example), they’ll help you make any exercise more intense.

If your body is getting enough oxygen to overcome what is needed, you breathe normally.  When you increase the intensity, you’ll NEED to breathe more.  Everyone will be different depending on how efficient their body is at using this oxygen.