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We’ve all been there. You begin your new training regime, and you see gains left, right and centre. After a few weeks though it starts to slow down, and soon enough you find yourself hitting a brick wall. Luckily, there are ways to reset your body, so you can smash through the plateau and continue reaching your health and fitness goals. Here are our three top tips for when you’ve hit a plateau.
Try Something New
As much as you might love your programme, it is essential to mix your workout up to avoid hitting a plateau. This is because your body adapts over time and begins to master your usual training schedule and style. Mixing up what you’re doing in the gym is a way to outsmart your body and shock it into continuing to make progress. So, if you’re used to strength training, sign up for a cardio class or if you’re a lover of your weekly spin class, try some resistance training. Variation and trying something new will really help you smash through the plateau and, who knows, you might even enjoy it!
Heading to a new class not quite floating your boat? No worries! There is another way to outsmart your body. One of the essential principles for seeing results is progressive overload. Progressive overload is a pretty simple principle to get your head around; you just have to continue to push your body further than what it is used to.
There are a few different ways to go about this. Perhaps most obviously is to increase the resistance but you can also push your body through upping your repetitions or training frequency or even taking shorter recovery times in between your sets. Progressive overload means you can continue with what you love while also continuing to make progress – a simple principle that could just help you break through that plateau.
Take A Break
Hitting a plateau could be your bodies way of crying out for a bit of a break. Overtraining might seem like a way to smash a plateau but taking some well-deserved time off could be just what your body needs. Sometimes your body needs a chance to recover and reset itself without having to hit the gym. When you return, you will come back stronger and ready to continue smashing your goals.
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