List of Topics

SfC Home > Vitality >

 

Workout Plateaus

by Ron Kurtus (revised 26 February 2007)

Physical exercise and workouts are good for maintaining muscle tone, strength and endurance, as well as to keep your body operating effectively and efficiently.

Once you reach a level of conditioning, the workout may begin to feel flat. You can then either try to increase your level or move to a different type of workout.

Questions you may have about this are:

This lesson will try to answer those questions. There is a mini-quiz and list of resources toward the end of this lesson.

Exercise is about growth

Exercising improves muscle strength and endurance. This is a form of growth. The process of growth feels good. You get more energy and you feel great.

Once you reach the point where your muscles are sufficiently handling the workout, it seems that the energy drops and you start to feel like your "old self" again. In some cases, you may even feel worse that before you started exercising.

This happens with competitive athletes. They want to peak at the right time, otherwise they get stale and lose their edge.

In some cases, the body may simply need some rest. Or perhaps your body is simply telling you to step up to the next level.

Go up to next level

Once you reach a plateau of good conditioning for the type of exercise or workout you are doing, it is time to go to a new level or to get some variety. It could mean that your body is hungry for some new challenges.

Sticking with your current program will keep your body fat and blood pressure down. But powering up your workout can reap other important benefits-improved cardiovascular fitness, steady weight loss, and increased muscle tone.

Change routine

Try infusing stints of speed or extra intensity into your workout. If you run or walk, sprint to the next tree or mile marker, or really push yourself up the next hill. If you swim, add a few extra laps.

Need some inspiration? Setting specific, obtainable goals like training for a 10K race or a tennis tournament can help you take your workout up a rung and might make exercising more fun.

Varying your workout can also help you break through a plateau. If your aerobics class has become routine, try kick boxing or a Latin dance class. Moving your body in new ways will work your muscles differently, paying off in increased fitness. Keeping your routine fresh is a key in staying fit. 

Competitive sports are often good to keep the edge. You are always pushing to win, even if you are staying at one point in the competition.

Summary

After following an exercise regime for a while, your body reaches that level of conditioning such that continued workouts can become boring or even not productive. You can try a different form of exercise to work out different muscles, or you can push yourself to new levels by challenging yourself to do even more than before. Sometimes competitive exercises can continually push you to new levels or can keep you enthusiastic about your workouts.


Reward yourself after a tough workout


Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials

Websites

Fitness Online - Stories from major fitness publications on sports and exercise.

Vitality Resources

Books

Top-rated books on Physical Fitness

Miscellaneous


Questions and comments

Do you have any questions, comments, or opinions on this subject? If so, send an email with your feedback. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.


Share this page

Click on a button to bookmark or share this page through Twitter, Facebook, email, or other services:

 

Students and researchers

The Web address of this page is:
www.school-for-champions.com/vitality/
workout_plateaus.htm

Please include it as a link on your website or as a reference in your report, document, or thesis.

Copyright © Restrictions


Where are you now?

School for Champions

Vitality topics

Workout Plateaus




Vitality topics

Basics

Physical fitness

Mental fitness

Also see:



Let's make the world a better place

Be the best that you can be.

Use your knowledge and skills to help others succeed.

Don't be wasteful; protect our environment.

You CAN influence the world.





Live Your Life as a Champion:

Take care of your health

Seek knowledge and gain skills

Do excellent work

Be valuable to others

Have utmost character

Be a Champion!



The School for Champions helps you become the type of person who can be called a Champion.