Monday, September 7, 2020

The importance of changing your workout routine

    Oftentimes people who regularly workout will get frustrated because the results they saw in the beginning have come to a halt. The common mistake following this scenario is that the individual will think, “well it worked before, I just have to do the same thing more often.” They may see little to no results from this new strategy, getting more and more frustrated as they go along. They will eventually burn out with no motivation, end up quitting, and say they "tried everything" and that "it’s impossible."

    Being impossible is far from the truth. Think of your body like an adapting machine; your body will adapt accordingly to the stress levels that are placed upon it. The idea of working out is to make your movements challenging and difficult, thus forcing your body to adapt to that movement. When adaptation occurs from your workout periodization, your body will become stronger and more advanced than before. However, as your body adapts, you will eventually find that your workouts are becoming too easy-- so it’s time to switch up and change things!

    If you were to continue to do the same easy workout, your body will plateau and you will cease to see anymore results due to adaptation. A good rule of thumb is every 2-4 weeks you should switch up your workouts by changing the weights, reps, sets, tempo of the rep (time under tension), duration of your workout, or even your exercise selection/groupings. Even when you switch up the weight, reps and sets, the body will still adapt. This is why switching up different exercise selections and muscle groupings is really important! Not only is it important for muscle tissue adaptations, but also to have a positive neurological stimuluses for correct and efficient biomechanical movement patterns. 

    Remember the only way to truly see results and achieve your goals is to challenge yourself safely, get out of your comfort zone, and change things up. This will not only save you time and money, but it will also keep your motivation high through your fitness journey.

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