A little variety does a body good.
Let’s face it: One of the most motivating aspects of exercising is the results. When those results start slowing down and end in a workout plateau, your workouts might feel like a chore. This fitness rut can be cured with one smart trick.
Whether you’re suffering from treadmill boredom or trying to get past a weight loss plateau, certified trainer Holly Rilinger recommends switching up your workout routine every three weeks. If you’ve been increasing your reps for three weeks, switch to increasing your weight. If you’ve been upping your miles on the treadmill, try upping the incline instead.
And, for a complete way to bust your workout plateau, try a brand new workout. Try swimming for three weeks, then fencing for three weeks, then Pilates for three weeks, then tabata for three weeks, and so on. This varied fitness plan will help you break through your workout plateau and stay committed to your health goals.
Coach, trainer, and 10-year veteran of the fitness world, Holly Rilinger is known as one of the most inspiring motivational trainers in the game.
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Hey guys, let's talk about
changing up your work-outs.
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You have to throw in new things,
more intense things,
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so that you body continues to change.
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So here's my advice to you if you feel
like you've run into a fitness rut.
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I wanna see you change
it up every three weeks.
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Maybe you're doing 10 to 12 reps.
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Then I want you to increase the weight and
drop those reps down to eight.
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Your body will change because you're using
more weight and you're doing less reps.
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You can also change things up
by finding new workouts to do.
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Start doing a spin class, going to a high
intensity training class, do my workouts,
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whatever you have to do, change it up so
that your body changes too.
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Your Guide To Physical Activity and Your Heart. Bethesda, MD: National Institute of Health: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006. (Accessed March 29, 2017 at https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/resources/heart/obesity-guide-physical-active-html - tc26.)