Hitting the Wall: How to Break Through to the Next Level
Have you found yourself stuck in a training rut, and you feel like you are no longer progressing with your fitness and strength?
Don’t worry. You are not the first person to feel this way, and you won’t be the last.
The good thing is there are steps you can take when you hit a training wall and successfully break through to the next level.
What is a Training Plateau?
Training plateaus occur at different times for different people, depending on how long it takes your body to adjust to the demands of training.
A training plateau can leave you feeling bored and demotivated and even stop training.
To continue seeing your fitness and strength increase, you must continue adapting your training and trying new ways to test your body.
It is normal for workouts to seem easier as you become stronger, but don’t rest on your laurels. Continue to push and progress to prevent a training plateau from occurring.
What Causes a Training Plateau?
Ever heard of newbie gains?
We can all remember when we first started training and noticed results occurring quickly. These results are even more prominent for anyone training for the first time or returning to training after a long break.
Unfortunately, these levels of gains begin to reduce over time as your body adjusts to training, and results seem less obvious.
When this occurs, many people become demotivated, as they have become used to seeing great results, and they are comfortable with their training routine.
However, it doesn’t matter who you are. You will always come up against this issue. Your body is resilient, and it naturally adapts to the demands of training. Challenging exercises become easier, and you will likely find yourself hitting a training plateau.
How to Overcome a Training Plateau
1. Tiny changes to your routine can have a big impact
It is very easy to fall into a routine with training. You might notice you are always lifting the same weight, undertaking the same volume of reps and sets, or training at the same intensity.
Changing each of these aspects encourages your body to keep getting stronger and fitter, even if you keep undertaking the same exercises.
Increase reps by one or two, add a couple of pounds to each lift, and you will start to notice the difference over time.
2. Track your Training Progress
An easy way to ensure your training is still progressing is to track it.
Record your training in a journal, take progress photos, and whatever you do, ensure you have a clear way of showing your progress.
Not only is this an easy way to track your progress, but it will also help show you that you’re progressing, even when you don’t think you are.
3. Upgrade your Training Equipment
Finally, ensuring you have the best equipment is another excellent way to improve your chances of reaching new levels.
If you are Olympic weightlifting, you want to ensure you have the best lifting best and thumb tape to ensure you hit your best possible lifts each time you train.