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BREAKING THROUGH PLATEAUS THE SMARTER WAY

You might have heard of training plateaus, and to be perfectly honest with you they can be a real pain to get over. To give you some food for thought we’re going to take a look at several ways you can make short work of any lulls in your progress so that you can keep seeing the week-on-week improvements that your hard work deserves.

What is a Plateau?

A lot of people associate problems with training with injuries or loss of fitness, but you also need to consider how you can tackle plateaus. A plateau is when you continue to train at the same intensity and do the same things that worked for you in the beginning, only to find they now yield little or no improvement. Yes, the training you do makes you out of breath and break sweat, but it doesn’t seem to help you lose weight anymore or improve your personal bests. What’s happening? As your body adapts to training it becomes fitter, which is really just another way of saying that it gets accustomed to doing what you ask it to. If you do the same workouts week after week, month after month, then soon your body will find them so comfortable that you’ll derive a greatly reduced benefit from them. What you need to do is shock the system…

Bootcamps Blast Plateaus

A Barcelona Bootcamp is a great way to power through a training plateau by changing things up and really shocking your body into adaptation. The secret is not to completely overload it because that will only cause fatigue and in extreme cases injury. Instead what you want to do is give your muscles and cardio system something different to think about. Lower weight higher reps, more plyometrics, a short run straight off the bike; no matter what it is the secret is to give your body something it wasn’t expecting.

Group Sessions Pose New Challenges

If you’re used to training alone then training in a small group at a fitness bootcamp is a great way to shake things up. With a bit of friendly competition and camaraderie you’ll see that you can push yourself to places where you’ve never been when training alone. The mere presence of someone watching your form and counting your reps is often enough to make you focus that little bit more and give the additional 5% that you’ve been striving for.

Environment is Everything

If you’ve gotten bored of training at the same times in the same places then the chances are your body has adapted to your regimen long ago. By taking yourself away for an intensive Barcelona Bootcamp you’ll be able to freshen things up the moment you touch down. New scenery, new training partners, new nutritional choices; they all add up to create an experience that will breathe fresh air into your fitness training. Perfect for giving you the extra motivation and fresh ideas that will make all the difference as you push to take things up a level.