Why you hit a plateau and how to SMASH through one!
Let me guess...
You have been training hard, balls to the wall! Things are going great, you made a ton of awesome gains on your new training cycle.
Time goes on, and you start to see your progress coming to a halt. You think it's 'okay' but then things start to get bad, and you start to get frustrated. Now your pissed... The gain train has come to a stop.
What did you do? The program promised all these results...
Where do you turn now? The world is ending...
PLATEAUS.... Let's talk about why they happen, and how to SMASH through them!
Most of the time plateaus actually happen because your body adapts to the training program. A lot of people I talk to have been on the same program for the last 2-3 years, and that majorly concerns me.
The reason people get such great "noobie gains" in the beginning is because they body is not used to the training stimulus and thus creates great results in strength or physique changes.
Here are my top 3 reasons why training plateaus occur:
- Program adaptation
- Lack of sleep & poor nutrition
- CNS crash (central nervous system)
How to SMASH through them..
If your training has been the same you need to switch it up completely to get a new training stimulus. I like to switch up program design usually every 3-6 months. If the program is working steadily I won't change it until it stops.
If your sleep cycle sucks, this will greatly effect your hormones in your body. For males ( I can only speak for men) your testosterone levels will be all wacked out if your not getting proper sleep, or on a proper sleep schedule. Try to go to bed at the same time every night, and wake up at the same time.
*If your job does not allow this, that is just an unfortunate circumstance of life. Quit and find a new job, or just deal with it.
Your body is a high performance sports car. You would not put 87 in a Ferrari, so why would you do it to your body?
Garbage food is going to give you garbage results. Try your best to eat nutrient dense food, and fuel properly!
I have learned this lesson the hard way, less is often more especially when it comes to strength training. I used to spend hours in the gym training hard. Mostly 5-6 days per week.
My work ethic was insane. But then I would hit these huge stalling periods in my training.
I would feel run down, my strength went south, and I would get sick.
Why was this all happening? I was doing all the right things.... Training hard, eating good etc.
Well the issue was that my CNS was crashing... I was mentally drained, and my body was beat. This then wears down your immune system and your adrenals shut down. Libido even suffers! If this happens you are DONE for. If you feel any of this happening for an ongoing period you need to stop immediately.
Take a week off, don't train at all! Maybe a couple walks, but your body needs to recover.
You can't push you body at 100% all time. It needs proper rest and recovery. Now I only train 4 days per week. This has actually boosted my results 2-3x faster than before! Such a weird concept but it works, trust me!
I hope you enjoyed this blog, I myself am just coming off of 5 days without training to let my body recovery optimally. If you have any questions feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lions NOT Sheep,