Have you stopped losing weight after being so successful at first? Or have you stopped gaining muscle mass? Have you reached a plateau? I have one question for you – how long have you been doing the same workout routine?


Our bodies have built-in survival mechanisms which cause them to adjust to the exercises we regularly perform. If you have been doing the same routine for more than 8 weeks, and you are no longer seeing results, there is a good chance your body has acclimated. Depending on your fitness level and body type, it can take as little as 3 weeks for your body to adapt.


So how to you break the plateau? Simple – change your workout! If you’ve only been walking for exercise, add strength training; i.e. lift weights. For bodybuilding, change the number of sets and reps. If you’ve been lifting heavy with low reps for a while, change to high reps with lower loads.


If you are not sure how to adjust your exercise program, consult with a Certified Personal Trainer. They can analyze your current program and make adjustments to keep you moving towards your fitness goals.

By:  Sharon Powell

Copyright ©2011

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