Intensity, in theory, is simple. In practice, however, we seem to have escaped it. This very life and breath of fitness has been watered down in our community where we once embraced it and we have diluted a thing so potent in it’s effect in order to produce the thing that sells.
We are a culture who wants more. We sacrifice quality and we hack at the corners of so much that is good in the name of creating More. More is attractive, More is marketable, More sells. The same has come true in the evolution of fitness and the thing that is More is volume.
What if, rather than “What more can I do?” we instead asked the question, “How can I do this better?”. Why is it that when we aim to make improvements and become better athletes and humans, we first seek to increase the amount of things that we do? Could we attain the outcomes we’re looking for simply by doing the same things better? How then, can we actually be better?
Intensity is the very heart of athletic performance. The only way to know intensity is to experience it and it’s the very sort of visceral experience that makes an athlete who he/she is. It’s the thing that they chase down deep, dark tunnels to emerge not only as a better athlete but as a better human being and it’s the deep well of physical suffering that springs forth the sort of pride and sense of accomplishment that is itself an emotional experience. It’s to give all and gain all by reaching the end of everything you are and everything you have. Intensity is the price of being excellent and only you can pay that debt.