Fitness is a dynamic process, never something which is achieved and then stays static in achievement. That’s what makes the art of getting in shape so beautiful; you are continually refining and developing your approach to challenge. Over time, you will become much more adept and able to tackle challenges in your life, because the microcosm of your fitness struggle has contributed to developing your warrior spirit, male or female.
However, those of us who are experienced in fitness know that we can’t act at 100% all of the time. Sometimes, we find ourselves having trouble overcoming the goals we have set for ourselves, even when we have done everything right in the pursuit of our achievements. Even the professional athletes experience this, but luckily they are intelligent and so are their coaches. They are quickly offered alternate means to identify what has gone wrong and to adapt to the new challenge they face. But what advice to do they receive? We’d like to explore that now:
Taking a deload week dedicated to low-intensity cardio, good nutrition and stretching can be of immense benefit to reducing the stress your system has otherwise faced in the recent months. A deload week gives your body the chance to recover from everything it’s been through, and come back bigger and better than ever in the forthcoming months.
Be sure to lessen your calorie intake during this period, but keep your protein and other dietary macros high to prevent you from losing muscle or too much process when you return. Much like a detox, when you return to training your body will feel much better than it otherwise had, and this will give you the platform to attack your goals once more with integrity and hopefully resulting success.
Sometimes, the supplementation schedule you have imbued your diet with isn’t quite as on point as it could be. Taking zinc (ZMA) supplements before bed can help contribute to restful sleep and healthy testosterone levels, as can testosterone injections. It may be that supplementing your healthy grooming could be of immense benefits, such as taking hydrotherapy or ice baths to help recover muscle damage or fatigue in an accelerated way. It could simply be getting more Vitamin D into your system or implementing Fulvic Acid into your diet in an effort to replace the lost supplements that a lack of healthy mineral-dense foods can provide.
Sometimes, everything you’re doing is right. You have the perfect sleep schedule, your body is getting the perfect and most surgically accurate nutrition, and your sporting schedule is ideal. Perhaps, and only perhaps, you need to train harder. It could be that you’ve lost the youthful energy you once had, and need to compromise that with pure grit. It could be that after an injury you’re mentally holding yourself back, and could do with a sporting psychology assessment. Assessing and fixing the attitude you bring to training each morning could have a bigger impact than you know, but be sure you’re not running into this blindly with the possibility of injury.
With these tips, you can be sure to get past your fitness plateaus.