Kick your fat loss and weight loss program into high gear by busting through your plateau. If you’re stuck in neutral, you need to do something different. This doesn’t mean that you will work out longer, just smarter.
As time moves on you have to make frequent changes to your exercise routine or your body will adapt. That’s when your progress begins to stall. There are alot of things you can do to change up your routine. You can change up exercises every workout if you want (but not necessary).
One of the best ways to break through your weight loss/fat loss plateau is to “ramp up” the intensity of your workouts. My observations of people working out is that many just simply don’t “go hard enough” during their workouts! Changing your body’s composition (more muscle, less fat) takes hard, smart work!
You will burn more calories, more fat and lose more weight with this method of training. Even so, don’t do the same type of training forever. Change up training types to keep your body guessing. There are many ways to change up an exercise routine—-do new exercises, adjust the intensity, adjust the amount of weight, adjust the repetitions/sets, etc.
Your body has the amazing ability to adapt to your workouts and bring your fat loss and weight loss progress to a grinding halt. You MUST be willing to vary your workout routine at least every 2-3 weeks.
Surprisingly, I talk to many people who are unwilling to change their basic workout routine (even when their progress has stalled). He or she says, “I will change….” One month later, there is still no real changes to the workout…..and no progress!
Here is one top fat loss plateau buster:
When you have a choice, do your cardio “on land”—either outside or on the floor. My number one preference for cardio is sprint intervals on grass or uphill. If you want to get your body ripped, do speed intervals. They will shape your bulky, fast twitch muscle fibers (think butt, hips, thighs, etc.).
There are many other choices for doing cardio “on land” such as bodyweight cardio (examples: mountain climbers, burpees, leg circuits, etc.), jump rope, butt kickers (running in place). The key here is to speed up and shorten your cardio work to about 20 minutes. Research and my experience has proven that this type of cardio work is one of the best ways to tone up your body.
Note: Do this type of cardio no more than 3 days a week to prevent breakdown and injury.
Train hard and smarter to reach your fitness goals!
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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES