5 comments on “The Dreaded Plateau

  1. Hi there! Yes, I know exactly what you mean! I recently started hitting the gym and one thing that helps me break my psyche in exercising is aiming for a lower mark for your repetitions. For example, deep down inside I know that my normal routine is doing 15 reps of any exercise. So I’ll tell myself that if I can manage to do 10 comfortably, I’ll be happy. GIVE YOURSELF CREDIT! Be gentle. But by the time the 10th rep comes around, pushing through only 5 more doesn’t seem so bad. If I had to push through 15 reps all at once without breaking it into doing first 10 then another 5, it would seem intimidating and could break your morale. So for me, I make sure I set realistic goals that I can achieve when in the gym. And of course you need to have the right tunes! Can’t forget about the music 😉

  2. Yes, music is a very important motivator for me as well! Attainable goals are also important. So many people try to hit it out of the park, but incremental improvement is the order of the day. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Hi Andy,
    I love your blog! First, congrats on the weight loss. You look really great.
    Hitting a plateau and the feeling of not progressing toward your goal is common and happens to everyone at some point, especially if you’re committed long term.
    I am not sure if you have posted any details about your fitness regimen. Is it just weights or are you doing cardio as well? My suggestion is to mix it up entirely. Your body simply adapts to your routine. Try something completely different and you may see a change.

    All the best to you,

  4. @sandraurata: Thanks a bunch!
    No, I haven’t gone into my regimen in detail yet. Thanks for the blog post idea!
    As a quick overview, it’s cardio every day plus muscle work directed at different muscle groups. I’ve also incorporated independent stretching sessions into my routine recently, with great results.

  5. My goals for fitness are quite broad and honestly the numbers on a scale are not one of them. I’m looking to have time for myself, meet friendly people and have a laugh, push myself so that I can barely do that last push up or lung, sleep better and feel good about taking care of myself. We all have different goals, that’s what works to keep me motivated.
    Carol Harrison (#DigitalEdu)

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