Why Intensity Actually Matters

The role of intensity and fueling your body for optimal energy and recovery.


Allan Wooding - Lead Coach, Intensity Matters

2/4/20242 min read

When it comes to working out, many people focus solely on the exercises themselves, but there's another crucial factor that can make a significant difference in your results: INTENSITY! The level of intensity you bring to your workouts can determine how much progress you make and how quickly you reach your fitness goals. But what exactly is intensity, and why does it matter so much?

This is just a broad-brush swipe at this multifaceted topic that we will be getting into in more detail in future. So, let's begin...

Understanding Intensity

Intensity refers to the level of effort and energy you put into your workouts. It's about pushing yourself to your limits and challenging your body to adapt and grow stronger. Whether you're lifting weights, doing cardio, or practicing yoga, the intensity of your workouts can profoundly impact your overall fitness.

The Benefits of Intensity

Working out at a high intensity offers numerous benefits. First and foremost, it helps you burn more calories and fat, making it an effective tool for weight loss. Intense workouts also stimulate the release of endorphins, which can boost your mood and reduce stress levels. Kinda crazy that is what is happening inside you while you are literally melting and feeling one burpee away from collapsing on the outside!

Moreover, high-intensity workouts improve cardiovascular health, increase muscle strength and endurance, and enhance overall athletic performance. By challenging your body with intense workouts, you're signalling to your muscles that they need to adapt and become stronger, leading to improved fitness levels over time.

The Role of Nutrition

While intensity is key, it's important to remember that you need to fuel your body properly to sustain that level of effort. Nutrition plays a crucial role in maximizing your intensity and optimizing energy output during workouts.

Before a workout, it's important to consume a balanced meal or snack that includes carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. Carbohydrates provide the energy your muscles need to perform at their best, while protein helps repair and rebuild muscle tissue. Healthy fats, such as those found in avocados or nuts, provide sustained energy throughout your workout. Yes, you need all three! Protein tends to steal the show a lot but carbs and fats are crucial to complete the nutrition triangle.

Hydration is also vital for maintaining intensity during exercise. Make sure to drink enough water before, during, and after your workouts to stay properly hydrated. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, muscle cramps, and decreased performance.

Post-Workout Recovery

After an intense workout, your body needs proper nutrition to recover and repair. Consuming a combination of carbohydrates and protein within 30 minutes to an hour after your workout can help replenish glycogen stores, reduce muscle soreness, and promote muscle growth and repair.

Additionally, incorporating foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables, can help reduce inflammation and support overall recovery. Don't forget to listen to your body and get enough rest to allow for proper recovery.


Intensity is a crucial component of any effective workout routine. By pushing yourself to your limits, you can achieve greater results and reach your fitness goals faster. However, it's important to remember that intensity alone is not enough. Proper nutrition and hydration are essential for sustaining that intensity and maximizing your energy output. So, fuel your body with the right nutrients and give it the rest it needs to recover, and you'll be well on your way to achieving your fitness aspirations.

Look out for when get down and dirty with the details of how and why all this works.