When you train regularly, there will probably be times you’ll get in a rut. Times when it seems, that no matter what you do, you aren’t making progress. This isn’t as noticeable for those who work out to stay in shape as it is for those seeing size, strength, endurance, or speed gains, but it can still happen. Sometimes it manifests as a physical plateau. Sometimes it shows as a mental block. Sometimes it’s an inner voice saying, “You really don’t need to work out today…”
Regardless how it manifests, it must be dealt with and quickly!
The best way to fight mental or physical plateaus is by introducing change into your routine. Mix things up. Your body and mind like variety, they like being challenged! When you stick to one workout for too long it can become mundane and your body—being the amazing machine it is—figures out exactly how much it needs to give you to maintain that routine. That’s when progress slows and often halts.
But when you shock it by changing things up it says, “Wooah! I’d better figure out how to deal with this!” It does that by improving, by growing stronger, faster, leaner, or building endurance!
Your mind is the same way. When you stop challenging it, it begins to atrophy. That leads to less motivation and makes working out a chore instead of a gift! A new workout is not only a challenge to your body, it creates new neural-pathways as your mind and body “Learn” how to do the new movements.
So how do you break through mental and physical plateaus?
Here are a couple of ways:
- Mix up the order of the exercises.
- Change the time of day you exercise.
- Change out some of the exercises with new ones.
- Change the position of your hands or feet when doing the exercise.
- Try a new exercise routine.
- Change the rest time between exercises—a slight increase or decrease can make worlds of difference.
- Find an exercise partner, someone with similar fitness goals. You’ll motivate each other!
- Switch from isolation movements to combination movements or the other way around
- Learn a new sport.
- Ask yourself, “Why is fitness important to me?” Then seek exercises that help you achieve that goal!
Remember, if you discover you’re getting stale in your workouts, try some of the ideas above. You’ll get back on track in no time
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