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      04-18-2014, 08:27 PM   #1
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Stuck on a plateau?

There seems to be a limit to how much I can work out and build muscle before I just stop. It's like I plateau and can't progress to building more muscle so I get bored and stop and then can feel myself getting weaker so I work out a lot but then get to a certain point and don't progress or see or feel results any longer. Is this normal and I should just stick with it? It just seems like no matter how proper I eat or how long I stick with working out my body never progresses past a certain point and it's discouraging.
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      04-18-2014, 09:12 PM   #2
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Switch it up. This happens regardless of the sport and not unique to lifting weights.
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Have you tried negatives, partial reps, rest pause etc? Do you follow a periodized training program? Training is easy to start with, but once you start making gains it becomes a real science as there are so many variables. Most people actually overtrain and that's why they don't make gains.
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Have you tried negatives, partial reps, rest pause etc? Do you follow a periodized training program? Training is easy to start with, but once you start making gains it becomes a real science as there are so many variables. Most people actually overtrain and that's why they don't make gains.
I don't know what negatives are. I just use free weights and do push ups about 2 or 3 times a week and jog or ride a bike for cardio a few times a week. Eventually I get to a point where I can't get past a certain number of push ups or reps with the free weights and I feel like I get stuck.
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You need to not do the same thing every time. It's a simple as that! As soon as you start stalling and feeling like you're going to plateau, mix up our workout. More weight/less reps or less weight/more reps. Hit different angles. There are TONS of different types of pushups to do. or just put some weight on your back and do pushups like that.
The point is you need to give your body a reason to grow beyond what you've trained it to do to that point. IF you only have pushups and free weights you want to do well there is quite a lot of variation there
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You need to not do the same thing every time. It's a simple as that! As soon as you start stalling and feeling like you're going to plateau, mix up our workout. More weight/less reps or less weight/more reps. Hit different angles. There are TONS of different types of pushups to do. or just put some weight on your back and do pushups like that.
The point is you need to give your body a reason to grow beyond what you've trained it to do to that point. IF you only have pushups and free weights you want to do well there is quite a lot of variation there
I'll try to change it up and see how that works. Thanks.
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I'd recommend try working out with someone. They always have a different routine.
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I'd recommend try working out with someone. They always have a different routine.
I agree, and for me, this works. I always switch up my routine after I feel like I've hit a plateau
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Get on that Juiceeeeeeeee yeahhhh, you'll be making "ALL KIND's of GAINS"....Seriously our bodies have a threshold basically controlled by genetics especially if you are natural( I hope).. Plateau is a combination of both mental and physical disinterest. Switch it up, follow some other motivational/inspirational people and try their style, getting out of your comfort zone is what will drive you... For example you can do 10 Pullups ---How about weighted Pullups Just my .02$
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5:3:1 program is great! when this happened to me fix it up and also gained strengh

Or Legs/push/pull

Mix up your routine
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I highly recommend strength training to bust plateaus; heavy weight for 5 or less reps. Just realize that when strength training you will need to incorporate more rest time and doing too much cardio can actually hurt your gains. You will also most likely need to up your calorie and protein intake. I've been on madcow 5x5 for the past 12 weeks now and it's worked wonders.
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