Tuesday, November 3, 2009
No Change ... Then Make Change.
So you started working out and at first you were seeing great results. You lost body fat, you were looking great, and when you walked around the house you would have to keep pulling your pants up to stop them from falling off! You were actually excited to go and push yourself through a tough workout or eat those veggies and lean meat. You thought you had found the workout you had been looking for all these years.
But all of a sudden the results just stopped!
Out of no where, with out changing a thing, your results just came to a stand still. It's a very, very frustrating situation ... but the problem doesn't lie in what you are doing. The problem is what you are not doing ... changing your workout.
Our bodies are smart, much smarter than we give them credit for, with in weeks your body will adapt to your program and change is what's needed to keep your body guessing and provide you with continued results. When you make changes/progressions to your workout your body will have to change and now adapt to the new stress you are putting it through.
So lets say you have been attending a group fitness class for 2 months and you had great results, but lately you have been upset with the lack of results. The majority of group fitness classes involve a whole lot of cardio and very little resistance training. Resistance training would be the change you need to continue seeing results. A little extra muscle (no worries ladies you will NOT look like a man!) will help you to burn calories 24 hours a day 7 days a week even at rest. Resistance training doesn't have to be standing in front of a mirror watching yourself curl a bar or sitting on a chest press machine.
Heck NO! Resistance training can be done with your own body weight, kettlebells, resistance bands and much, much more. Your programs and training can always change and become new and interesting regardless of your current fitness level.
Once again, after a few weeks your body will adapt to your new workout program involving resistance training. So what do we do now that you are not seeing change from that program? That's right ... change the program again and make it harder! Jump into some high intensity training, work with more advanced exercises, switch from straight sets to super sets, or work with heavier weights. The changes are endless.
Making changes to your program is something that needs to be done with a lot of thought and some knowledge of how to progress safely and effectively. A good personal trainer will not only help you achieve your goals, but they will also teach you how to continue to get results and stay healthy/fit for the rest of your life. There is no replacement for working one on one with a great trainer, make the jump and it will pay off.
After all, it's foolish to do the same thing day after day and expect a different outcome.