Today is Day 7 of the August Writing Challenge hosted by Janice over at Fitness Cheerleader. I have totally been loving his challenge, the topics are great! They have made me think outside the box, reflect on my personal growth, and opened my eyes to a number of awesome blogs!
Today’s blogger challenge topic is: How do you break through a plateau?
Well, I don’t know a lot of breaking brought a plateau, but I do know a bit about training principles…when faced with a plateau I would suggest you take a look a how you are working out and consider the following:
1. The Principle of Individual Differences – when it comes to exercise programs, one size does not fit all! What works for your friend, may not work for you. Programs need to be designed to meet your needs, designed for your body, your schedule, your goals. If you don’t know what it is you’re missing, consider getting a personal trainer who can design a program just right for you.
2. The Overload Principle – in order to increase your strength or endurance, you need to overload your system. Doing the same workouts week after week, without increasing the weight or stressing your system, is not going to get you anywhere. The key is to challenge yourself and push your limits. Lift more, do more reps, run farther, run faster…you need to work hard EVERY time, be tired at the end of EVERY workout…make EVERY workout count!
3. The Principle of Specificity – to become better at an exercise or skill, you must practice that exercise or skill. If you want a stronger core, you need to do core exercises. If you want to run faster, you need to practice running faster.
So, next time you plateau, take a look at your program and see if it’s meeting these training principles.
How do you break through a plateau?