If you’re not feeling challenged, or if you’ve hit a plateau, it’s time to make some changes. When you challenge your body you’re forcing it to adapt to new stress, and you’ll see results in strength and muscle development.
Or if every workout is pretty much the same – because let’s be honest a lot of us like to keep doing what we already know how to do – staying in the comfort zone will lead to adaptation to that same program- not progressing, and that’s the dreaded plateau.
Change is fuel for growth. But there’s no one-size-fits-all, and you don’t have to make drastic changes to see results. Try altering your grip when doing deadlifts, or narrow your hand position in pushups, or add instability or decline. You can also try using new equipment—if you’ve been working with dumbbells or the barbell, try incorporating medicine balls, tubing, bands, or definitely kettlebells. Do moves in different planes of motion, because that’s the way we move in real life.
Physiological adaptations will result from overload, with more sets, more reps, less rest, etc., plus variation in equipment, single arm and leg exercises, and moving in all three dimensions. You’ll see your performance improve, and muscular definition will occur. Don’t forget that recovery is essential to optimal performance, and sometimes regression has to happen before progression!
Making changes tomorrow, and in the weeks and months ahead can bring about significant improvement in your strength and cardio fitness, and you’ll experience benefits for your mind too!
If it’s time for a change, take this opportunity to get a consultation and 1 introductory virtual session.
Looking forward to helping you find your strong.