If you have found yourself in an unwanted place of fitness plateau then this is the article for you!
Firstly, let’s take a step back and assess the situation. You have been exercising as normal, continued your usual healthy eating habits and everything else seems to be in order, so how could you possibly be in a plateau, you ask?
Well, the key is in the sentence. “You have been exercising as normal”. As silly as it sounds, completing the same exercise regime for a long-period of time can actually work against you, rather than for you. It is very important to change up your workouts weekly if not monthly, depending on your specific style of training.
Throw the body into shock and do some yoga, go to a pump class or better yet, go for that run you have been putting off due to your weight lifting sessions.Your body responds better to exercise it hasn’t experienced or is not overly familiar with, think of it as ‘Shock therapy’. This is something we fitness experts love to give to our clients and see the results roll in. They will be working harder at something new, therefore burning more fat and calories as well as gaining new strength in areas they didn’t expect to. Another benefit is that you are giving yourself new challenges and new opportunities, causing your brain to work as hard as your muscles.
To get some 'shock therapy' take yourself out of your comfort zone. If you are a weights user that wouldn’t normally work out in cardio section or in a class setting, then that is exactly where you should go - for a workout or two. Keep changing it up, then see how your body adapts, changes and reacts to the new type of workouts you throw its way.
Believe us when we say, you will be more than pleasantly surprised with your results. Your body will feel different and the variety prevents you becoming bored, complacent or giving up.
If all of the above still isn't working for you, try talking to a personal trainer about a program. Any decent trainer will update it, change it and modify your program regularly to avoid a plateau. Who knows, you might find something new that you never thought you would be good at. Jiu Jitsu here you come!