Change Now, Reap The Benefits Later
During my workout on Tuesday, I noticed a guy who trains at the same time as me. He’s that person that comes in the gym all the time, exercising for over an hour at a time, doing the same workout routine every week that he has done for the last year.
His body never changes!
Or maybe it does…just for the summer and then returns back to how he was in September, ready to continue the cycle again.
My point is if you’re looking to improve your appearance, the main reason you may be failing is most likely because you’re no longer challenging yourself.
Have you heard of ‘Progressive overload?’
It’s the concept you must know for your body to change!
The human body will not change unless it’s forced to. That’s why you can never grow complacent with your training. Once you fall into a comfort zone and the workouts are no longer challenging, you’ll plateau.
Isn’t this the same for life too? If you are constantly doing the same things and not challenging yourself, stepping outside your comfort zone (where the change happens) you will just remain the same.
In order to tone up, get stronger, fitter or whatever your goal, you must continually make your muscles work harder than they’re used to. Simply put, this is what progressive overload is.
The reason why I love Les Mills GRIT is that it’s constantly changing, not just within the workout; I get my clients to up their weight, or push them harder to achieve a higher number of reps than the previous week.
It’s similar in lots of other workouts too. And one thing I make sure I do is check that all the instructors I work with do the same thing so that we are all on the same page with our clients.
To summarise, Progressive Overload can happen in a number of ways:
1. Increase the weight
2. Increase the reps
3. Increase the sets
4. Increase the frequency you train
5. Decrease the rest time between sets
Do you need to make some changes to your program or workout?
I challenge you to make that change this week.
I know it is hard taking that leap of faith, will it work for you, will you be able to keep up. We’ve all been there and I can look you in the eyes and say YES YOU CAN!
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