Bust Through Your Fat Loss Plateau

Sometimes, despite constant effort inside the gym and in the kitchen, people fail to see consistent and steady results. Unfortunately, we can’t expect to keep the same exact exercise program and same diet while consistently experiencing results. Our bodies are built to adapt and if they are not given the correct stimulus, you very well may hit a plateau. The good news is, components such as change in exercise programs, intensity, workout durations, rep ranges and even time resting during sets are powerful tools to keep you moving forward.

It is a good idea to switch up your workout routine every 4-6 weeks to keep your body guessing. As mentioned earlier, a few of the primary changes you should be focusing on to continue progressing are:

  1. Switching up your exercise program
  2. Changing the level of intensity
  3. Altering the duration of the exercise

These three steps can be incorporated into your workouts in several different ways. For example, if you typically run 4 miles each morning and your results are at a halt, attempt to improve your speed or aim for a longer distance to keep your body challenged. Some other ways to improve your fitness may be to:

  1. Switch up your cardio to include various exercises such as a cycle class, incorporate sprints throughout your cardio or try out one of our functional training classes like CHAOS. These type of exercises will be training your heart and lungs differently than running at a steady pace for 4 miles.
  2. Incorporate sprints and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)  training into your workout. For example, run 2 minutes at a steady pace and follow that by a 15-30 second sprint, then repeat for 20 minutes to boost your fat burning hormone (Human Growth Hormone) while boosting your metabolism and muscle growth simultaneously.
  3. Gradually increase your endurance by adding more time to your workout. Run four miles and push your body to attempt five, six and so forth.

Another option would be to increase your workout load each week by adding in additional workout days to your schedule. Even changing up your workout style may help through minor changes such as implementing super sets, drop sets and using wider grips while lifting to target new muscles. Don’t be afraid to challenge your body! Your body adapts while it is under constant pressure and stress. Get comfortable with being “uncomfortable” and get those results you desire!

Woman Lifting Weight

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