Are you Training Hard Enough (TAKE THIS TEST!)

  • Published: 24 July 2016
  • Train hard and make gains like never before -

    If you want to build muscle and see results then you have to train hard enough. The problem is, many people do not and simply have no way to know if they are or not in the first place. In this video, I show you how to tell if you are training hard enough to see results from your workouts. The answer may not be exactly what you want to hear, but I can promise you that it is the answer that you need to hear if you are going to make gains.

    The first thing you must realize is that getting gains has nothing to do with the type of music you listen to when you are working out, the sounds you make when lifting or even the amount that you sweat. The only thing that matters is effort. In fact, it can be summarized even more specifically by the fact that you want to take from your body more than what it is willing to give you at that time.

    Many of us never work out hard enough to see the results we are capable of. Often times, we will have a set number in our head for how many reps we are going to perform in a given set. When we reach that number we put the weights down, regardless of whether we could actually have performed another rep or two. If you do this, you are selling yourself short and you will not get the results that you want.

    Others will lose count during the set but it isn’t because they are reveling in the amount of burn that they feel as the reps accumulate or because of being lost in the intensity. Instead it is because of the fact that their mind is elsewhere and not concentrating on what they are doing in the exercise. They are coasting through yet another workout.

    Your goal when you train at the gym should always be to do something that you never did before today. When you do, the goal should be to do that again tomorrow. Nobody is ever going to be able to tell you whether your effort is what it needs to be. Only you will know that answer. That said, while nobody will know what true effort will look like, we all know what it should feel like…and it should never feel easy!

    Nothing in life is worth having that isn’t a struggle to get in the first place. If looking great was easy, we would all walk around looking like Frank Zane but we do not. The bottom line is, if you want to build muscle and get strong then you better get comfortable being uncomfortable.

    At the same time you don’t want to just train like an animal without a purpose. Training intelligently with a plan is the only way that you will be able to work out at a high intensity day after day and still reach your goals without overtraining or preventing your body from recovering between workouts. You see, the holy grail of lifting is to not just train hard but to see how smart you can be about training hard. Purpose combined with intensity is where gains really come.

    If you are looking for a workout program that tells you exactly what to do in each workout and for each meal, head to and get the ATHLEAN-X Training System. Bring your best intensity and you will see results like never before in the next 90 days training with me.

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Comments • 4 407

  • Ruzhki
    Ruzhki  1 hours back

    What happened to "work smarter, not harder".... I'll stick with that :)

    • VA kh
      VA kh  5 hours back

      Guys am I the only one who is feeling addicted to gym or it is natural?? Seriously need guidance...

      • stackticz
        stackticz  15 hours back

        Due to jeff i got so inspired about 2 months ago that in under 2 months i lost 30+ pounds ill gladly let anyone who asks know how i did it

        • Michael Gillan
          Michael Gillan  1 days back

          Love this channel. Can’t wait to get back in the gym Monday and take what my body won’t give me!

          • Jim Bob
            Jim Bob  2 days back

            Ethics, Instinct, are not enough.....You must be willing to go beyond, making pain (good muscle pain) your friend, and push yourself in everything in life. The pain of training (and the ethic of life), and growth is what makes us champions everyday. In life, and the gym.....go hard today, then harder tomorrow. Someone has been reading stoicism huh, Jeff. You are the best lifting expert on the web, period.

            • Sjur
              Sjur  2 days back

              This is actually a really helpful video for many, me included. Although I work hard in the gym, the focus can easily get lost and I start to feel more and more comfortable..

              • Steven M
                Steven M  3 days back

                Just got home from training. Worked every set till I was shaking and listening to Jeff still don't feel like I went hard enough. I probably did, cant wait to get back in tomorrow and listen to this video again before I start.

                • vedu Bhai
                  vedu Bhai  3 days back

                  What happened to option A B and C

                  • Raezer
                    Raezer  3 days back

                    Dude, this hit harder than just fitness

                    • kefkapalazzo1
                      kefkapalazzo1  5 days back

                      i cut my time in the gym by cutting some sets. i do reps a lot slower and i rest less. i got results so much faster. every exercise (except the big lifts) im dying every set lol

                      • 8K SHOW
                        8K SHOW  5 days back

                        24/7 365 days

                        • Jaycob Arbogast
                          Jaycob Arbogast  5 days back

                          A series of motivational speeches by Jeff would be very useful.

                          • VA kh
                            VA kh  5 hours back

                            Yup because he is that inspiration rightnow

                        • Vuk Pjeszic
                          Vuk Pjeszic  6 days back

                          Brutal:) but love it

                          • Brian Myers
                            Brian Myers  7 days back

                            You may not even see thos, but all your videos really do help. I've used and continue to use the tips and science you put out.

                            • Unique
                              Unique  1 weeks back

                              What makes this easier for me is that I made training a lifestyle. Not only is it the first thing I think abt when I wake up (eating my 1k calorie breakfast) but I also watch lifting competitions on YouTube and a bunch of Athlean X. Once u become invested you will hone your strength 👍💪🇺🇸

                              • Sebastian Menis
                                Sebastian Menis  1 weeks back

                                Why do I feel like I'm in trouble after watching this?

                                • stephen werle
                                  stephen werle  1 weeks back

                                  Dead lift is my favorite exercise I try to do it twice a week

                                  • Jon Rosa
                                    Jon Rosa  1 weeks back

                                    Preach brotha

                                    • Kebab Remover420
                                      Kebab Remover420  1 weeks back

                                      Absolutely magnificent💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪

                                      • 1234 blancas
                                        1234 blancas  1 weeks back

                                        I demand a podcast on spotify

                                        • Jordan kash
                                          Jordan kash  1 weeks back

                                          Jeff your a great therapist lol

                                          • whiteburr
                                            whiteburr  1 weeks back


                                            • David Byrne
                                              David Byrne  1 weeks back

                                              But what is the right amount of effort? I mean, I can go in a keep pushing my single rep max every time and give my absolute most but is that going to do anything?

                                              Should I look for improvement in volume each time?

                                              Where’s the balance? How do I know when enough is enough?

                                              • Aaron Gaal
                                                Aaron Gaal  1 weeks back

                                                Jeff do you have any videos on training with injuries?
                                                I ask because 9 years ago I was in pretty great shape ( 260lbs at 6% bf ) then I was involved in a serious car crash that not only caused a heart attack, gave me a brain injury and killed my wife - but it crippled my body pretty good. Fused discs in my back, both hips, knees replaced, 6 broken ribs, both collarbones snapped, torn bicep and forearm, crushed both my hands, and permanently damaged the nerves in my legs, feet and hands.
                                                This ain’t a sob story - I am in my 40’s and back in the gym doing what my body will let me. But I struggle with over training and causing injuries or under training and not getting results. Im not in the best shape anymore but have made it to base camp on Everest ( 16k feet ). How do I match my intensity with my injuries to make gains but not continue to injure myself? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

                                              • Billy Badass
                                                Billy Badass  1 weeks back

                                                Hmm, better body, Frank zane or Steve Reeves?

                                                • Joseph Stone
                                                  Joseph Stone  1 weeks back

                                                  Thank you Jeff. I really wasted my time in the gym this morning...but tomorrow when I hit it, I'm going to apply the information in this video.

                                                  • Tymo Muller
                                                    Tymo Muller  2 weeks back

                                                    I train like 6 months and dont see shit

                                                    • Swag Penguin21
                                                      Swag Penguin21  2 weeks back

                                                      My uncle was doing only1 pushup .but he pushed himself soooo hard he could do 10000 .but than he died of heart attack.

                                                      • Tanmoy sahoo
                                                        Tanmoy sahoo  2 weeks back


                                                        • Hassan Ali
                                                          Hassan Ali  2 weeks back

                                                          Omg Jeff said the f word!

                                                          • Clyde Smith
                                                            Clyde Smith  2 weeks back

                                                            Thank you Jeff!

                                                            • pickles 3343
                                                              pickles 3343  2 weeks back

                                                              How does he get dislikes that is the bigest question i have right know

                                                              • MVB G
                                                                MVB G  2 weeks back


                                                                • MOONSHINE MJRB
                                                                  MOONSHINE MJRB  2 weeks back

                                                                  Jeff rants are the best rants.

                                                                  • Silvia Hernandez
                                                                    Silvia Hernandez  2 weeks back

                                                                    Someone please can let me know what its the difference sometimes i sweat profusely and sometimes i just feel as my limbs have no strength after.

                                                                    • 2ndchanceinlife
                                                                      2ndchanceinlife  2 weeks back

                                                                      Love you Jeff! No homo. I resonate with your methods of working out.
                                                                      If only I knew your methods during my teenage years, I would have seen much better results/progress.

                                                                      • Matthew Barger
                                                                        Matthew Barger  2 weeks back

                                                                        your kinda like the Keith moon of training. im obsessed with training. but im having trouble. at 57 i started training again after almost 35 years and i keep going to far. im fine while im doing it on that day but the next 2 or 3 days after im wiped out physically and mentally. you see i cant stop after the gym, i go home and do more and Ive only been at it a little over 3 months. i want it all now and my body cant keep up. im having a hard time trying to slow down. i try to do 5 or 6 sets and 4 or 5 exercises per muscle group and each rep to failure and i keep adding more weight each time and i try to do all my muscle groups in 1 day then i try to do it all over again the next day but this body shuts down on me. how do i deal with this.

                                                                        • markdelej
                                                                          markdelej  2 weeks back

                                                                          “Nobody can judge effort. Effort is between you and you” - Ray Lewis

                                                                          • Jahsonn
                                                                            Jahsonn  2 weeks back

                                                                            Preach the gospel brother!

                                                                            • uabir
                                                                              uabir  2 weeks back

                                                                              Over 1 thousand FAT PEOPLE disliked this video.

                                                                              • Lucy Ruiz
                                                                                Lucy Ruiz  2 weeks back

                                                                                This is my favorite video

                                                                                • John Ragonesi
                                                                                  John Ragonesi  2 weeks back

                                                                                  How many days a week should you do a muscle? And should you do reps to failure??

                                                                                  • Robert Adams
                                                                                    Robert Adams  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Truely inspiring

                                                                                    • J. Rambo
                                                                                      J. Rambo  3 weeks back

                                                                                      DON'T PUSH IT!

                                                                                      • ramiro zavan
                                                                                        ramiro zavan  3 weeks back

                                                                                        i love seeing a Jeff video and knowing im doing something right😂 gotta train even harder when things get easy

                                                                                        • FUKK CHONIES FUKK CATSHIT

                                                                                          Good video very motivational

                                                                                          • Supertomcat
                                                                                            Supertomcat  3 weeks back

                                                                                            He has also a favourite exercise and he should stop doing it. It just looks ridiculous and unprofessional if you only train your biceps.

                                                                                            • Robert Williams
                                                                                              Robert Williams  3 weeks back

                                                                                              Telling it like it is! Love it man thanks.