I've been on a mission lately. I'm trying to get in the best shape of my life. Now, I know that might sound overwhelming to some, but I'm pretty sure that I need to be in better shape especially with 4 kids! During a workout recently, a fellow colleague and trainer said to me, "You're not working out hard enough." Of course, I wanted to clobber him with my dumbbell but then I asked the question, "What do you mean." He proceeded to tell me that in order to reach my goal, I'd have to dig deep and workout harder than ever. As I thought about that, it occurred to me that he's exactly right. But what exactly does that look like? Over the next week, I monitored the intensity of my workouts. I pushed myself harder than I have in the past. I mean, I was grunting and really getting in the zone. What was the result? The days after my workout, I felt it in areas I hadn't felt in a long time. I needed that time to recover which is crucial to muscle development. I felt stronger and stronger with each workout. Intensity is everything during a workout. From now on, if I'm "breezing through" a workout I know I need to up the intensity. Next time you're working out ask yourself, "Am I working hard enough?"