Myth: If You’re Not Exhausted, You’re Not Working Hard Enough
Fact: You don’t have to be exhausted from your training to see results.
Just because a trainer can make you tired doesn’t mean they can make you better.
There are trainers who don’t understand how to properly write and execute a training program, so they simply give their clients what they think the clients need — a butt-kicking.
Now if your goal is to “get crushed” and feel worn out and sore, maybe that works. But honestly, there’s a better way.
The purpose of strength training is to elicit positive adaptations within your body to help you:
Gain muscle mass.
Increase your bone density.
Change your body composition.
Improve your hormone levels.
Improve your posture.
...and much more.
And you want to know a secret?
You don’t have to exhaust yourself to get there.
In fact,exhausting yourself too much, too often will hinder your progress toward those adaptations.
You need to challenge your body out of its comfort zone in a way that allows you to come back strong the next time around. That’s how progress happens.
The more exhausted you become, the less you’re able to remain consistent with your efforts, and the more likely you are to skip training sessions.
While your training program should be challenging, it should also include a sufficient amount of rest.
When you’re not getting enough rest in a workout or in a training phase, your muscles aren’t getting enough time to recover before the next set (or the next workout). This, in turn, can affect your ability to use enough weight or perform enough repetitions to elicit your desired response.
On the other hand, an appropriate amount of rest can actually help you train harder because you’re giving your muscles adequate time to recover between sets and between workouts. Instead of skipping sessions because you just don’t have it in you, you’re able to show up to each session ready to work hard.
You can’t keep doing something forever when you’re running yourself into the ground.
If you leave every workout feeling utterly exhausted, try this…
Take some time to evaluate what you want to get out of your workouts. Is being tired your goal? If so, keep doing what you’re doing.
However, if you’re trying to get stronger or to change your body composition (or both), consider adding a little more rest in your workouts so that you’re able to perform every rep of every exercise with good technique and enough energy.