Your High Point Is Your High Point

With the Training-/<?r-LIFE Experience, we use a tool called the "Intensity Index" to help us create high points. This "meter" is used to measure the level of focused energy we are putting forth. The Index, shown on the following page, starts at level 1 and goes to level 10.

On the low end—at level 1—you've got the intensity of sitting on the couch watching TV. Level 2 would be standing; level 3 might be walking; level 4 might be carrying a couple bags of groceries in from the car; level 5 might be carrying those groceries up a flight of stairs; and so on, up to level 10, which is an all-out, 100 percent focused effort.

The proper use of the Intensity Index makes the Training-/<?r-LIFE Experience, by design, self-regulating. And that's why virtually any healthy adult, regardless of prior exercise experience, can begin this Program. For example, if you're a beginner and you can bench press 30 pounds for 12 reps, that's your high-intensity effort. Now, someone who's been training for several

years might reach a high-intensity effort by bench pressing 185 pounds for 12 reps. The point is, your high point is yours. It is unique to you. As you adapt and evolve, so does this Program; in fact, you can never outgrow it.

It's very important you become aware of what your high points are. A true high point on this workout, a true level 10 experience, is one where you can honestly tell yourself you gave it every single last ounce of energy you had—that you tapped into your inner strength. What you'll discover is a true high point comes from your mind, not your muscles.

After you finish your highest intensity set (for that muscle group) and before you write down whether you had a level 8, level 9, or a level 10 experience, you need to answer this question: Could you have done one more rep if I were standing right there, encouraging you to reach even higher—to push yourself further?

If your honest answer is, "No way!" then congratulations! You scored a 10!

However, if your answer is something along the lines of, "Maybe I could have done another one," then you're probably looking at a 9. Which is a solid effort. Celebrate the progress you made, and plan to try even harder next time.

You won't reach a high point every time. That would be like John Elway expecting to throw a touchdown pass every time he touched the ball. You see, a high point is kind of like a touchdown pass—it's a challenge, which is why it's a worthwhile goal. Very few of the high points you hit in life are going to be easy.

With the Training-/or-LIFE Experience, I'll indicate precisely when you should reach for your high points, and I'll ask you to rate your level of intensity. What we'll be doing is creating a wave-like pattern of intensity—always starting with a moderate level and rising toward a high point. The charts which follow show the desired Intensity Pattern for the upper and lower body training routines, which I'll walk you through later in this section.

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