How To Overcome Your Fitness Plateau?
Picture this – you’ve been working out 3-5 times a week. You’ve lost more weight than you expected, you feel great mentally and physically, and you’re more active. However, recently you’ve noticed that your progress has slowed down.
What could the reason be?
You hit a fitness plateau! It is a great sign that you’ve been working out consistently but your fitness journey is yet not over. Our trainers at Montrait Muay Thai have put together a list of their best strategies to bust your fitness plateau.
Top 4 Strategies To Break Fitness Plateau
1. Take a week’s rest to recover
Most people think you can only build muscles when you’re constantly training. But the truth is, your muscles need time to recover from an intense workout session, re-fuel with protein and nutrients, and build new tissue.
Plan a recovery week every 6-8 weeks. Here are some benefits of recovery week:
– ensure muscle repair and growth
– relax your central nervous system from rigorous training
– get back to training with a fresh and motivated mindset
– better focus
2. Try modified “superset” training
A “superset” is when you combine two exercises either for the same muscle group or two different muscle groups. You perform the two exercises without any rest in between. By the end, you would have performed 15-20 total repetitions in total.
In modified “superset” you lower the repetitions to 6-8 reps for each workout. For the second set, add some weights to your workout. Keep increasing the weight for the remaining sets until the end of your workout.
3. Try a new workout
Spice your exercise routine and try a new workout, something you haven’t tried before. It could be something as simple as a 30-minute run or brisk walking, cycling, or some relaxing yoga. If you’re up for a challenge, Montrait Muay Thai has the perfect workout in mind for you!
Join us for an intense session of Muay Thai in Downtown Toronto! Our sessions are 90-minutes long and we promise to make you sweat like you’ve never before.
4. Focus on nutrition
A common reason for hitting the fitness plateau is improper nutrition. If you’re on a weight loss journey and cutting back too many calories, your body is trying to “preserve energy.” And that’s the reason you aren’t losing weight.
An average adult needs 2,000 calories every day. Use free calorie counting tools available online to find out your body’s needs. Remember, not all fats, sugar, or carbs are bad. You consult with a registered dietitian or work with a personal trainer at Montrait Muay Thai for better nutrition support and guidance.
Make sure you don’t make any sudden changes to your workout routine or lifestyle. All the methods we’ve mentioned in this article should be introduced gradually, so that your body doesn’t feel stressed and progresses into a longer fitness plateau.