Intensity is one of the hardest things to dial in for people in the gym. Everyone has a different perception, a different goal and a different body. In my experience, I’ve had times when I trained too hard and did not allow for adequate recovery. On the flipside, other times I’ve trained too lightly and did not push myself hard enough to elicit a proper stimulus for growth.
Many people may also think they are training hard, but in fact do not know the extended boundaries of their potential. Finding a personal trainer or experienced friend may help you figure out what your actually capable of.
There are a few terms I want to go over and make sure are understood:
Absolute muscle failure — Also known as muscle failure, this is when the body is not capable of producing anymore repetitions of the exercise you are performing. True failure