Many people are uncomfortable with complete Intensity. Especially when it comes to really pushing beyond their limits. But why? Is it simply the physical discomfort? A lack of confidence? Or perhaps too little preparation? I think it’s more than that. I believe that deep down its fear of failure.
To me bringing the intensity starts with a deep rooted burning desire for something. Forgive my hippie-ness here but it’s living in the moment: “the here, and now.” Wanting something so bad that you push yourself to animalistic extremes, even if just for a moment, sprinting, jumping, kipping, jerking; controlling your mind in an even tempo, cultivating a physical and mental pain and fatigue that burns so deep it makes you feel strangely alive. And only when you put forth 100% of everything you have, in that moment, for something you want so badly and you actually fail does it really hurt.
So, can intensity be learned? Sure to an extent. I think you can at least learn how to get better at bringing it just as you can get better at anything else. But the desire has to come from within. You can’t teach someone how to want something. And you’ve got to be fearless of failure. You’ve got to be willing to put yourself out there; put everything on the line. To bring the intensity you’ve got to truly want to be even better.
CATALYST DAY (my fav)
(that's 125.4lbs if you speak CrossFit)
Clean and Jerk