There comes a time in every athlete’s life where your progress levels off or, even worse, stops completely. Don’t let that stop you from achieving your goals. Here are some tips that you can apply immediately so you can get back to making progress in your workouts.
- One reason one plateau is due to doing the same weight training program for longer than 6weeks. You have to change things up regularly if you expect success. Instead of lifting light weights, go heavy. Instead of long, slow, distance running, do sprints intervals. Instead of body part training (chest day, leg day, etc), give total body training a shot (ex. CrossFit). Routine is the enemy. Change it up.
- Sometimes training alone can be a daunting task. Bring a motivated, like-minded friend of similar fitness level. That alone will bring a competitive element to your training days which will make you work harder.
- Adding Olympic lifts to your training will help bust a plateau. With proper coaching, Olympic Weightlifting helps enhance strength, power, balance, coordination, stability, and flexibility; physical fitness skills necessary to improve one’s quality of life.
- Take a recovery week off from training. I know it seems oxymoronic but you may be in an overtrained state. Training too long or training hard day in/day out can cause a lot of undue stress on the body which can result in a plateau. Signs of overtraining include but not limited to excess fatigue, loss of progress, overly achy joints/muscles, mentally drained, prone to injury, etc.
- Rest, take a spa day, go for a nice leisurely walk with the family; do something that’ll bring your body to a state of harmony and focus. Recharge those batteries so you when you go back to training, you’ll be at your best, and the progress you’ve longed for will manifest itself.