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 • 4 746

  • wusta34
    wusta34  15 hours back

    1:46 what I tell my girlfriend 😏

    • Ganesh Prem
      Ganesh Prem  17 hours back

      I don't disagree. AthleanX by far is the superior training program.

      • maxim yakovlev
        maxim yakovlev  19 hours back

        He doesn't make videos like this anymore...

        • jared stephens
          jared stephens  1 days back

          I dont know how ive lived this long without Jeff thanks a million

          • Petrounot Twins
            Petrounot Twins  2 days back

            What if i fatigue but not get a pump?

            • BeastMaster 69
              BeastMaster 69  4 days back

              I do a workout till I cant do it anymore

              • raenman
                raenman  4 days back

                welp saving this to my motivational playlist i guess

                • Siva R
                  Siva R  5 days back

                  Really motivating

                  • Straight Talk Keto With Anita

                    Holy Shit you just called me out on a lot of stuff

                    • Max Svensson
                      Max Svensson  1 weeks back

                      Fantastic guy, gives me spirit thank you.

                      • Alex Kosov
                        Alex Kosov  1 weeks back

                        Sorry but Wtf is this? Just a motivational speach, no actual tips whatsoever. Clickbait.

                        • Mark Dodge
                          Mark Dodge  1 weeks back

                          Im 41 & I work out pretty hard but than tendons start hurting do you got any tricks or suggestions to get around that. The only time they dont hurt as bad as when im in a long fasted state, because it naturally lowers inflammation, but I can't put in same intensity.

                          • Jacob Carlson
                            Jacob Carlson  1 weeks back

                            Well, lucky for me, my favorite exercise is the dead lift.

                            • CR3ATUR3
                              CR3ATUR3  2 weeks back

                              His speech was inspirational. It has to do with so much like getting a job. You aren't ever gonna to your dream job if you're not willing to give it your all and beyond

                              • mario on a cross
                                mario on a cross  2 weeks back

                                weirdly imagining jeff going on carrot cake island and becoming fat could u imagine jeff being fat

                                • Carl Brill
                                  Carl Brill  2 weeks back

                                  Hell yes man. Someone said that the real set begins when the burn begins. Thanks for this great video.

                                  • Nigglee 750
                                    Nigglee 750  2 weeks back

                                    We all know these things ,and they're hard to hear..but what he's saying is the gospel truth Lol..I definitely need to try harder and dig alot deeper

                                    • SHUBHAM SINGH
                                      SHUBHAM SINGH  2 weeks back

                                      He is also a motivational speaker

                                      • Arnulfo Silva
                                        Arnulfo Silva  2 weeks back

                                        I now watch this before every workout

                                        • Nick Rowe
                                          Nick Rowe  2 weeks back

                                          AthleanX = 🐐

                                          • Paul Swanepoel
                                            Paul Swanepoel  3 weeks back

                                            One half ass exercise in Jeff's entire life...

                                            • HeavyFoot _JP
                                              HeavyFoot _JP  3 weeks back

                                              When I first see the title and then see it’s Jeff’s video.. I just instantly know that I’m not training hard enough..

                                              • Nimbus1951
                                                Nimbus1951  3 weeks back

                                                I used to do all the wrong things you describe here... Luckily, with the help of friends, I came to this realization about a year ago. And I'm pleased to see you confirming it. Best thing is that I can see on my body that the change actually works!
                                                Thumbs up to you AthleanX. I'm a living example that this shit works.

                                                • kenny
                                                  kenny  3 weeks back

                                                  Preach Jeff

                                                  • Daniel Watson
                                                    Daniel Watson  3 weeks back

                                                    i had a weird one today, which i why i searched for ”athlene effort“.

                                                    i just went mental, i felt like an animal. ive got loads of knowlege (from jeffs vids obv)

                                                    i felt the combination of knowledge, effort, and of course all my muscles, because they are all bigger and stronger a la jeff

                                                    i feel like a different man today. ta jeff

                                                    • xKyloz
                                                      xKyloz  3 weeks back

                                                      Jeff this video was great tbh like what you’ve been saying in this situation is perfect for literally most other aspects of life. Great video 👍

                                                      • ClearSky 1234
                                                        ClearSky 1234  4 weeks back

                                                        speaking the truth man!

                                                        • Duy Tùng Phạm
                                                          Duy Tùng Phạm  4 weeks back

                                                          Ok. Archer push up time! I don't know if I can do just one rep 😂

                                                          • XxZERO Xx
                                                            XxZERO Xx  4 weeks back

                                                            This video is a life lesson right here

                                                            • Raybombs
                                                              Raybombs  4 weeks back


                                                              • case015
                                                                case015  4 weeks back

                                                                I’ve only watched the first 30 seconds and I can already tell this is gonna be great after he said “put the earmuffs on your kids”

                                                                • mrsbuffalo77
                                                                  mrsbuffalo77  4 weeks back

                                                                  i was so inspired thet i beach 500 LB and broke my arms

                                                                  • Steven Constable
                                                                    Steven Constable  4 weeks back

                                                                    Why does it feel like I’m being told off

                                                                    • dancingduck
                                                                      dancingduck  4 weeks back

                                                                      If Jeff was Asian, - “your kung- Fu is no good grasshoppa muahaha ha repeat.. (evil kung foo master asian laugh)

                                                                      • Drake Aamold
                                                                        Drake Aamold  1 months back

                                                                        God is good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                        • Panda berry
                                                                          Panda berry  1 months back

                                                                          When you said pool of sweat to nauseate the next guy, I wasn't expecting it and died.

                                                                          • Michael
                                                                            Michael  1 months back

                                                                            Thanks 🙏

                                                                            • Marco Ramos
                                                                              Marco Ramos  1 months back

                                                                              I love this man

                                                                              • Dark_Matter
                                                                                Dark_Matter  1 months back

                                                                                “Purpose combined with intensity” well said.

                                                                                • noisefuzz
                                                                                  noisefuzz  1 months back


                                                                                  • Abidi Obaid
                                                                                    Abidi Obaid  1 months back

                                                                                    When i train with high intensity it feels good but then you're burnt for the week

                                                                                    • Eamonn Barrett
                                                                                      Eamonn Barrett  1 months back

                                                                                      Excellent, keep ranting

                                                                                      • Youssef Aly
                                                                                        Youssef Aly  1 months back

                                                                                        whether its with ATHLEAN-X or another inferior workout program

                                                                                        I laughed

                                                                                        • Janjua __
                                                                                          Janjua __  1 months back

                                                                                          Jeff is a G

                                                                                          • Jay Tillah
                                                                                            Jay Tillah  1 months back

                                                                                            So basically when you can’t do that extra rep push it even if you tear the muscle “just do it”💯

                                                                                          • James
                                                                                            James  1 months back

                                                                                            Thank You Jeff!!!!!!

                                                                                            • Eddie Ohearn
                                                                                              Eddie Ohearn  1 months back

                                                                                              If it feels too easy, I will slow down and then when I think I am about to fail I push hard trying to crank out just a few more at a faster speed but good form, then I fail.
                                                                                              Does this make sense?

                                                                                              • Brian K
                                                                                                Brian K  1 months back

                                                                                                Wait, which video clip was it? A, B, or C?