Intensity V Consistency


So, I was recently listening to Simon Sinek, one of the great modern minds that I highly recommend, and he brought up a relative point regarding intensity V consistency. Hearing his points on this made me think about how this relates to the Health & Fitness industry and the obsessive nature of intensity.


Too often we seek intensity over consistency. All these quick fix products, both in training and nutrition, leads us down the intensity route as opposed to consistency.


Super high intensity workouts, extreme diets and the latest fads all bring us down the road of intensity but it’s almost always only for a short journey. Results may be intense with this plan but are also often short lived and eventually we end up back to square one.


Now, I do believe that intensity has its place. Sometimes our workouts need to be pumped up a few levels. Our diets need to tighten up a bit and sometimes we just need to shake things up a bit. But, a nine hour workout once won’t beat the consistency of thirty minutes every day over a long period.


Sure the idea of consistency isn’t as exciting and as sexy as the intensity route. But if you’re looking for real success, consistency needs to be your best friend.


Training, nutrition or lifestyle habits will change your life with consistency. Lower intensity paired with consistency will always win out. It reminds me of the old fable of The Tortoise and the Hare, “slow and steady wins the race”.


Even in my own training the consistent programmes have always brought me my best progress. Jim Welbourns Crossfit Football have all been staples in my training toolbox.


Their programmes look for you to come in day after day, put in a solid workout and then get out of the gym.


But the key to these programmes is the consistency. They don’t promise that you’ll add three inches to your biceps in three weeks as plenty of others do, but they are some of the best programmes out there.


It’s not about 1 workout. It’s not about high intensity for 1 hour a week or even a month. It’s about staying consistent, putting in the work and sometimes just showing up even when you don’t feel like it.


Maybe try switching your mindset from intensity to the consistency route and see where you end up. It’s not as glamorous, it doesn’t sell as well. But, if you’re tired of failing, try swapping intensity for consistency.


Here in our Galway gym we see weight loss slow and steady. Fat loss over a period of time instead of one big inconsistent jump. This is how the Oranmore crew do it who turn up day after day, week after week.