Has your weight loss come to a grinding halt? Are you still eating well and exercising but pulling your hair out because you can’t seem to lose the next little bit? Often, personal trainers are approached by frustrated trainees complaining that they are doing everything right, yet still not seeing results.
Maybe you have lost a few pounds; you exercise, and healthy eating is now a part of your life. You never miss a session, and your food is consistent. You saw great results initially but are now struggling to lose the last few pounds. What’s going on?
One of the possible reasons for this very frustrating yet surprisingly common occurrence: exercise progression and the results plateau.
We are creatures of habit. Once we start doing something, our body adapts quite quickly, making us more efficient at whatever we are doing.
After some time of doing any program, your body will adapt to the intensity, duration, frequency, and even the type of exercise you are doing. Doing the same workout again and again will only produce desirable results for a limited amount of time.
Regularly, people walk into the gym, day after day for months and months, doing the same thing over and over. They usually begin with a 20-minute run and then go straight into three sets of 10 on the bench, a bit of lat pull-down, and perhaps some dumbbell curls. They might even throw in a class here and there.
Initially, this gets great results; losing weight and have added some lean muscle, but now perhaps you look exactly the same as you did six months ago, and your fitness and strength levels are probably fairly similar.
When was the last time you felt those jelly legs when walking out of the gym? Or that cold feeling in your chest and subsequent endorphin rush to your brain after putting in 110 percent in your cardio session? When was the last time you did your personal best for any exercise?
If the answer to any of these questions isn’t “in the last fortnight,” then you are wasting your time in the gym.
Consider these questions: When was the last time you dropped a dress size, noticed a “new” muscle, or caught a glimpse of your changing body shape in the mirror? Again, if your answer isn’t “in the last fortnight,” perhaps it’s time to change your training.
Without real intensity, the best program, performed with the best trainer on the planet, will only deliver average results at best. Once you are sure that you are bringing the desired level of intensity to your workouts, personal training force you to progress your exercise and bust through plateaus!
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