Become Stronger and Faster by Beating your Plateau
There’s two definitions of ‘plateau,’ but they’re closely related. One is a large and flat area of land higher than the surrounding areas; the other is a period in time when something does not advance any further.
In terms of exercise, your plateau is reached when you are no longer seeing improvements despite putting the work in, just like the piece of land, your body has leveled off and plateaued. Fear not, you can get yourself back on the upswing, the plateau is simply a sign that your body has learnt to deal with what you’re throwing at it, to start improving further you’re going to need to mix things up.
Huffington Post have a nice piece describing this in more detail, and explaining how you can overcome it:
To minimize the occurrence of a plateau Travis recommends changing your exercise routine every three to four few weeks. “Reevaluate your workout regiment and change your approach to something more challenging. Something you’re not used to doing or, that one exercise you hate the most.”
Change is difficult and so are new challenges. The discomfort and pain felt while attempting something new and uneasy requires a bit of mental resolve. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had clients give me an evil glare when I add more weight to a lift, or ask them to execute an exercise progression that is more difficult than what they think they can do.
Stale routines stifle us, keep changing things up and challenging yourself. Check out the rest of the article here for more info.
About Sam Brinson Sam is a writer living in Uruguay. Sam follows the latest in aging break throughs.