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6. If you hit plateau, change something.
There is no point in doing something again and again if you see no results. You will hit plateau in all exercises sooner or later. If you never experienced this, then you either not consistent enough, or at beginner stage where you can progress for several months in a row without changing a thing.
There’s nothing wrong with hitting plateau, except the frustration. It is essential part of the process for strength training (as well as any other area of life). Your body adapts to the stimulus and regimen stops working. Despite what other people say, you need variety. Your body demands it. The best thing you can do when you hit plateau – is to change something. Even subtle change can lead to progress,
Variety is the spice of life. This sentence couldn’t describe much clearer the importance of variety in life. Human is created this way. Boredom and plateaus are direct results of lack of variety. It’s something simple and everybody should understand this but sometimes you have to remind yourself even such simple things. I was ignoring variety in training and nutrition for a long time. You know, this hardcore attitude. “I don’t give a shit. I will just attack this exercise more” or “I will stick with this menu for more days”. But this doesn’t work in real life. Believe me, you’ll hit a plateau someday. And the worst thing you can do is to continue doing the same thing. It would be great to train in the same set/rep scheme or eat same foods and get infinite results but this simply isn’t true. Continue reading →