It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.

Jimmy Dugan – A League of Their Own

Without maximum effort (ME), nothing worthwhile will be accomplished. “The workouts are easy” is something I hear from time to time. Using ME on all exercises will change this. But, those same people that comment on the difficulty of workouts rarely are giving ME on the given exercises. Screaming and yelling at people to work hard is a coaching style for some. If a coach wants to motivate that way, so be it. It doesn’t mean a training session is “easy” if you don’t yell.

It is up to the coach to continue to coach ME in all lifts. But it is of equal responsibility of the athlete/trainee to exert ME. Most people are averse to hard work and ME. On top of that, their view progressive overload is non-existent.

So you want workouts to be harder? They are as hard as you make them. ME is the key to ANY program. Without it, you are spinning your wheels. Don’t talk about it. Do it. And if you say things are too easy and then next week you are giving poor effort, don’t expect a pat on the back. You want it? Really? You really want it to be harder? And you are giving the physical output of a 13 year old girl as a 20 year old man? Save me the breath.

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