As many of you will have realised, the sticking point to lifting can be an enjoyable but also frustrating challenge. This post targets those who find that they are unable to increase the weight on their lifts, creating a seemingly unbreakable plateau. Though it may seem that this plateau is a force preventing you from achieving what you want, there is more than one way to break the barrier and improve your lifts.
Changing it up
One of the biggest reasons for a plateau is the use of a monotonous training schedule (Why not check out our workout programmes). Day in, day out you are aware of exactly what exercises you are going to do, and the weight you are going to use. Your body has clearly adapted to the workout you are performing – you feel as if your progress has slowed to a halt. The answer? Mix up your training, and focus on changing the intensity, speed, length of rest time, and most importantly… the amount of weight you load on the bar. This is an excellent way to increase your one rep max and break through that barrier.
A common reason that many lifters suffer from the impenetrable glass ceiling is the lack of consistency in training. Failing to do your weekly lifts on a regular basis won’t help you to improve, you will simply feel stuck. If you are unable to commit to the demands of your gym schedule there are a number of things you can do to avoid lost gym time.
A usual cause for lack of ability to improve your lifts is your technique. There really is no point in trying to increase the weight of your squat if you can’t lower yourself so your thighs are (at least!) parallel to the floor. Take the time to refine the parts of form that need improving, and then gradually add more weight. The reinforcement of refined technique will lead to increased strength in the movement.
A last point that should be stressed is to never give up! All of the trouble and hardship encountered in attempting to improve will soon pay off. Giving up however, will not speed the process up.
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