I workout usually 3 times a week, occasionally 4. I’ve got it down to a science. The duration of the workout is between 82-85 minutes. I burn between 1350-1400 calories. My average heart rate is about 155bpm and usually, peaks at around 180bpm.
I have mentioned before that I do High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Using a heart monitor helps track progress over time. What I am finding though is my body has gotten used to the same routine. In essence, I have plateaued.
To counter this somewhat I try to mix things up. Every few weeks I will throw in an extra workout. I don’t always start or end with cardio after my HIIT session. I try to mix this up regularly. But even with these changes, I am seeing little difference.
What I really need to do is change it up, not mix it up. Let me explain. My body seems to know what to expect when I am on the floor during a HIIT session. It does not matter if it 25 minutes or 50 minutes. It also seems to know that cardio is coming, it is just a matter of when. Finally adding an extra day is really just more of the same.
So change means I need to do something different. Maybe I need to try strength training or kickboxing. I’ve done both in the past with a lot of success. Adding the change will signal the body that it’s not the same old same old. Adding this every now and then should be enough to get me off the plateau.
So if you find yourself stalled after months or even years of doing the same thing. Add a little spice to your workouts and try something new. Feel again what it is like to go home after a workout and experience sore muscles the day after.
Push past the limit!