How to Avoid Plateaus

How to Avoid Plateaus

I recommend that you don’t follow a consistent routine for more than four weeks before making some changes in activity choice and intensity. And certainly, if you are seeing fewer results, that is an indication that it is time to change things up, also.

The way I explain the plateau to my personal training clients is, I don’t train a 180-pound man the same way I train a 130-pound woman, but the strategy  is the same: switch up your workout program while increasing the intensity. This is true whether you are trying to build muscle mass and get bigger (which is what most men want to do) or build lean muscle tissue and lose body fat (which is what most women want to do).

The best way to get off of a fitness plateau is to completely change your fitness routine and put your body into a “muscle shock” mode. One way to do that is by changing the amount of reps that you do in your workouts. If you usually do sets of 10, switch to doing sets of 15. Or if you usually do two sets of each exercise, increase to three sets. You can also change it up by altering your rest interval. If you usually rest two minutes in between your sets, rest only one minute instead.

Put 100 percent effort and focus into your program. Constantly challenge yourself.

Variety is king, so make sure you don’t fall in love with one style of training. Mix it up for the best results. This applies to weight loss just as much as it applies to bodybuilding.

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