We all hit the wall sometimes. You work just as hard but somehow your progress just stops. It can be a very unmotivating time for a person. You might even catch yourself working less hard because, if the progress stops, then what is the point of working out at all. It is completely natural but it won’t get you anywhere to accept defeat. There are a few clear cut ways to reintroduce progress into your routine.
Change your diet. If you are looking to lose weight then reduce the number of calories you consume. If you are looking to gain weight then increase the calories. Sometimes the progress stops solely because of lack of nutrition. If you are already at a good point for diet then perhaps you could eat more of the good and focus on cutting out more of the bad. You have a new reason to focus on nutrition. You’ve hit the point where your body doesn’t need to change anymore. Make it change by changing what you eat.
Change your workout. Your body adjusts to the movements you use on a regular basis. The best way to reduce your body’s ability to do that is to change the movements you do regularly. Being unpredictable can instantly add progress to any plateau. You don’t change your workout only until you find the right workout, you change your workout regularly to increase the challenge to your body. Increasing weights can only do so much. If the supporting muscles can’t keep up then you will plateau.
Get Enough Rest
Rest your body. This is not for the undisciplined. If you will have trouble starting to workout again then don’t change your daily routine. If you are disciplined, sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is take a couple extra days off. Sometimes your body can’t keep up with the progress that it needs to make. Anything can cause this. You can’t prevent it and you can’t predict it. What you can do is take it as a sign that your body needs rest. Give your body a couple extra days. Then when you get back work twice as hard to get rid of some of your guilt.
Measure More to Master Results
Sometimes the problem is not in hitting a plateau. Sometimes you just aren’t measuring enough. The classic example is the person that works out to lose weight and then puts weight on only to find that they are gaining muscle. I recommend measuring everything you can. Take your weight. Measure everything remotely relevant. It doesn’t have to be in any particular way. It just has to be consistent week to week. That way you can always measure progress accurately.
To improve your workout to blast plateaus you need to change things up. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Change the way you eat. Change the way you workout. Take a breather. Take a measure of everything. This can make your gains explode. Someday you’ll hit another plateau. That is part of the process. Repeat these things to get started again.