Do you feel that you have reached a plateau in your workout routine or results? Well, that could be a sign that you should change your workout. However, before doing so, there are considerations that you need to take into account.
Generally you should change your fitness routine every four to six weeks. But that’s not always the case – it may vary depending on other factors such as:
- Your workout is not producing the results that you wanted after 2-3 weeks of trying
- Your goals have changed midway through your routine
- Something out of your control happens that requires change (e.g. injury, sickness)
- It bores you/doesn’t challenge you anymore
If one or all of the above describes your current fitness routine, then it’s time to change your workout. But, “changing your workout” doesn’t only mean “literally” changing your workout. You can intensify a workout by adding a few more sets/reps to your current routine, adjusting the equipment you are using eg. changing from machine loaded weights to free weights which makes an exercise harder as you have to stabilize muscles more. You could dedicate a few more days each week to exercising, or increase how long you exercise for. It totally depends on what your current goal or situation is.
The bottom line is: If you feel that what you are currently doing is not challenging you anymore or if you are plateauing in terms of getting the results that you want, then it is time to make some changes. The more you challenge your body, the more you become stronger, leaner and fitter.
The body will only make gains from doing the same program for maximum 4 weeks. You need to make sure your program is periodised to increase in intensity each week. You also need to change the exercises that you are doing every 6 weeks as your body will stop making the gains from doing the same exercises week to week.
It doesn’t take much to tweak a program to get the most out of your training. If you feel that you need to do something different and have no idea what to do, then contact me to discuss how we can take your fitness to the next level. Or book an initial personal training consult online by clicking here.