Every workout that we do at Pittsburgh FIT comes with an intended goal or an intended stimulus. What this means is that every workout has a reason for being done in a certain way. When your coach explains a workout, you typically hear them add the intended stimulus by giving you a time to aim for, how you should be pacing the workout, or how heavy you should be going on any of the weighted lifts. This could also mean that you need to go to a scaled movement to accomplish the intended stimulus of the particular workout. Executing the intended stimulus is important, because this is how you maximize your hour at the gym and how you keep from injury. Trying to go too heavy for too many reps is not a good plan, because form will start to breakdown too early in the workout or you will move too slowly, with that being said, going too light will make you finish a workout too fast and be too easy for you. However, if your coach says, “pick a weight that you can accomplish 30 Thrusters in 3 sets of 10 reps,” you should pick a weight that gives you that effect. Not so heavy that you accomplish 30 thrusters in 10 sets, or so light that you finish in 1 set. Some workouts are supposed to be heavy, some fast, some long, listen to your coach and listen to your body and drop your ego at the door. Every workout is a little different from the last one. Too maximize your hour at the gym and to maximize your gains, listen to the intended stimulus of the workout and listen to your coach if they believe you need to modify your weights of movements.Happy Lifting!Erika MartinNot a member and want to get strong?Try our No-Sweat Intro!This FREE 20 minute Intro includes a tour of our amazing facility, a body composition scan, and a goal setting session to help you become the best you can be!Click the link below to schedule an appointment NOW!