LIVING: Why You're Not Seeing Results
For months, I went into the gym with a routine for each day: 4-5 movements, each at 4 sets of 12.
And for months, this worked. I got stronger, leaner, more confident with each exercise, and saw progress in multiple different forms.
After a while, though, I plateaued and got frustrated that what I was doing no longer seemed to be working. I was working so hard. I was consistent, disciplined and put in the work, so where were the results?
Chances are, you've hit a plateau before, too, whether in the gym or in your diet. You set out on a mission to tone up or lose a few pounds, and after 6 weeks, it worked! So you kept doing the same things (like I did) but eventually stopped seeing results.
If you make the mistake I did, which is doing the same thing day in and day out and expecting to see continued results, I'll tell you what gives: you're a master. And in the health & fitness world, mastery of something means it's time to move on.
This is the concept of progressive overload, which I also wrote about in a different sense on the Life blog this week here, and it means that we have to constantly be challenging our bodies if we want them to grow or change. Eventually, after being exposed to the same stimuli for an extended period of time, our bodies adapt establish a new "normal."
Progressive overload is key in continuing to make progress in whatever you do. Find ways to constantly challenge your body, and avoid that oh-so-cozy "comfort zone" where things are easy and don't push you.
If you're not seeing the results you want to see or your progress seems to be stalled:
It's not easy, but it's necessary. Become a beginner at something over and over and over again.