Hitting plateaus

Without a doubt one of the most frustrating parts of any fitness plan is when you experience a plateau, or you are no longer making progress. In such a situation, it is very important to get back to the drawing board and figure out how to break through that plateau. In this article we will talk about different ways of breaking through a plateau.
Before we discuss breaking plateaus, we need to discuss the reason we are faced with a plateau. Our bodies are very smart, and they want to know what is coming, and wants to maintain a state of normalcy or homeostasis. When the intensity of the stimulus is too much for the body, the body adapts in order to withstand that type of stimulus another time, and this is where progress takes place. However, when progress does not continue or you hit a plateau, the body is telling you that it is well prepared for what you have been doing. So what do you got to do?
Hopefully you have been keeping a diet & fitness journal, writing down everything you have done in your workouts from exercises to sets, to weights, etc. In order to break through this plateau, you need to throw your body a curveball and make it go through a routine that you haven't done before. This can be accomplished by either switching the order of your exercises, changing your exercises, changing your weights, changing your rep ranges, or including shock sets. The bottom line is you have to trick your body and make it through every chain that it hasn't done before. Many times, in such a situation I will have clients perform negatives, drop sets, supersets, you name it. But the bottom line is you need to throw the body a curveball and changeup your routine.
Once you have accomplished this, without a doubt you will break through that plateau and once again be making progress like you have previously. Remember, don't get frustrated, just go back to the drawing board and fool that body of yours into progress. Remember, this fitness lifestyle and achieving your results is going to be a marathon not a sprint. But without a doubt if you heed to this advice you'll be very quick to get to the finish line.