The Harder the Workout, the Better the Results...Right?

It has become like a badge of honor for some people to say that they pushed themselves to the absolute limit that their body could take, to the point of being head first in a trash can. 

More = Better is the common line of thought by most people with fitness and/or performance goals, but is that accurate?  I commonly meet clients who want to train 7 days a week and feel absolutely destroyed at each workout, but does that mean they are going to get better/faster results?   

I am in no way saying that you shouldn't put forth 110% effort into a workout, but when did the goal of working out become how badly you can punish your body?   There is a difference between a challenging strength training/fat loss program and a random series of exercises thrown together to make you feel dizzy.  At Peerless, we utilize some intense circuits and tri-sets to help condition and challenge our clients to improve their conditioning, but it is not the nuts-and-bolts of our program and the sets/exercises are progressive.  If you have not tried one of our workouts yet, I highly suggest it.  (Free Sample Here

Let me first define what I mean by an “intense workout”.  Here are some of their qualities: 

1.)  High number of impact jumping drills with high repetitions

2.)  Little to no rest periods

3.)  Focus is entirely on high number of repetitions or timed sets

4.)  Repetitive and over-prescribed movements

What is wrong with these types of workouts?  After all, you sweat and feel worked after, isn’t that the whole idea?  Here are some points you may have not thought of before:


1.) Is that style of training sustainable for the long-term?

At Peerless Athletics, we believe fitness is a lifestyle and if we as coaches ask you to do something that is not sustainable, we are setting you up for failure.   By focusing on high repetition and intense training all the time, you are not only going to burn out mentally, but also physically.  Without strength training to balance you out, your muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints become increasingly stiff and less mobile setting you up for injury. 

2.)You don’t burn as many calories as you think

In a typical hour-long training session, an “insane workout” will burn 300-600 calories. Those calories are replaced right away just by eating a chicken breast and cup of rice at the next meal.  The goal of a workout then shouldn’t be just how many calories can you burn, but instead something else…keep reading...

3.)What is your training goal?

What goal are you hoping to accomplish through your workouts?  If it is to gain lean muscle and lose body fat like it is for most people, then the goal of the workout is to

A.) Elevate your basal metabolic rate (BMR) so your body burns more fuel at rest and

B.) Elevate your heart rate so you can tap into fat stores and improve cardiovascular health

You don’t need to do 100 reps of squat jumps in 15 minutes to accomplish those things.  What you DO need is a professionally designed strength and conditioning program that plans for your goals and needs specifically.  


Every workout and every exercise has its place.  It is all part of the pie and diversity can help keep workouts fun and challenging.  If you enjoy high intensity workouts then make sure you balance with a strength-training program and a recovery program to avoid injuries.  You can get one designed specifically for you here


Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell - CEO and Co-Founder Through my passion to forge myself into the best athlete possible, I developed a love for performance training. I learned and experienced that with the right training and the right coach, any athlete can change their body and maximize their performance. The passion I experienced as an athlete trying to find the best training regimen to achieve all my goals was the foundation for starting Peerless Athletics. I began a journey to find the “Holy Grail” of training by learning from great coaches and combining the best parts of each system into one complete training system: Peerless Athletics. I have personally been trained by the best performance coaches in the country including: - Mike Boyle (Director of S&C for the Boston Red Sox) - Dennis Logan (Head of NFL Combine Prep Program at EXOS) - Keenan Robinson (North Baltimore Swim Club and Michael Phelps’ SC) - Rob Oshinskie (Owner/Founder of Victory Sports and Performance) - Joel Saunders (Director of Adult Performance Training at EXOS) - Dennis Keiser (Owner/Founder of Keiser pneumantics) - Rob Taylor (Owner of Smarter Team Training) - Mike Gittleson (Fmr. U. of Michigan S&C Coach) - Augie Maurelli (Fmr. U. of Delaware S&C Coach) - Scott Moody (Owner/Founder of AthleteFIT) - Kevin Boyle (Director for Explosive Performance) - Chris Gorres (Regional Director for Explosive Performance) Athletic Accomplishments: As a walk-on at the University of Delaware, I beat the odds by earning a starting position and a full athletic scholarship. I played fullback/h-back and linebacker for the Blue Hens from 2009-2011. In 2010 we won our conference, the CAA, and went to the D-1 FCS Championship Game. After college, I used the Peerless Athletics Training System to improve my combine stats dramatically. I was invited to the NFL Super Regional Combine to workout in front of all 32 NFL teams. I would have never got to that stage without Peerless Athletics Training Systems which is why I am now dedicated to providing every person I work with the opportunity to use our system and become the best version of themselves.