Workout Consistency Beats Intensity… for Fat Loss and Muscle Tone


About 6 years ago I was in the middle of a set of bench press and a guy RANDOMLY began spotting me.

He began screaming “it’s all you, it’s all you!”

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I wound up doing about 2-3 more reps than planned.

I wasn’t mad, because I know the guy BELIEVED he was doing me a favor.

We have been taught to push past the pain and do reps until we can’t take it.

The problem is that this makes us sore and fatigued the following day.

sore and fatigued from training too hard

When you are sore the following day, your performance can suffer.

It’s fine to be a touch sore…

…but you definitely want to minimize this when possible.

Minimizing soreness is especially critical when you are trying to lose body fat.

When you aren’t sore, you will go into each workout fresh with energy.

rest and recovered from workout

This is why in my Women’s Course I recommend stopping 2-3 reps short of failure.

When sets are pushed to the limit it breaks the muscle down.

This can build mass (which is something most women aren’t aiming for)… but it also makes it tough to want to train 4-5 times per week (which is ideal for getting lean).

For men, I recommend avoiding excessive fatigue as well.

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In my Men’s Course, I recommend stopping 2-3 reps of failure most of the time.

The only exception is that in the first phase of my program it is focused on fatigue to build a bit of base muscle.

In phases 2 and 3 it is similar to the Women’s Course

Focusing on strength, fat loss and muscle definition.

Consistently showing up is key to getting lean.

When workouts are too intense TODAY, you run a serious risk of wanting to skip your workout TOMORROW.

skipping your workout

Let’s compare two different workout approaches:

  • Intense approach of lifting 3 times per week with max intensity.
  • Moderate approach of training 5 times per week less intensely.

There are 52 weeks in the year.

Training 5 times per week with moderate intensity gets you 100 more calorie-burning workouts per year… compared to the intense 3-day per week plan.

This is a SIGNIFICANT difference.

Daily exercise is also crucial to long term health.

This moderate approach is healthier and creates the type of body that the majority of men and women are after.

It also means less chance of injury, you don’t feel sore and will have more energy.

Consistency beats intensity for fat loss (most of the time).

workout consistency

Note: There are times when short periods of intensity are called for.

You can push to failure on body parts you want to add size to.

A lot of women who follow Visual Impact for Women will go to failure on glute exercises and stop short of failure on everything else.

The main point?

Going all-out on every exercise is not a great long-term strategy.

It’s glamorized in the gyms and on Youtube, etc.

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It’s not the best way to train.


-Rusty Moore

As a former fitness coach to fashion models, I can teach you how to increase muscle definition without adding size.

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