I firmly believe in constantly reaching to achieve higher goals. Continuing to learn new things, to go faster, push harder and expand our experience in the gym is part of an effective training regimen, both physically and mentally. It will never be enough to just hit your goals and stay there. That's boring! It’s also not enough to get into a monotonous training rhythm and do the same thing over and over. Our bodies adapt, and soon, nothing changes and nothing improves. It's called a plateau!
I often hear stories like this: “I have gained 10 lbs. in the last three months, and I don’t know why. I go to yoga boot camp on Mondays, then on Tuesdays I run around the lake, and then Wednesdays I take that killer class at the mega gym, Thursdays is my off day, and then Fridays I meet with a trainer and do a strength workout.” With my head in my hands, I think, “Please…stop! Just stop at Monday.”
I know in the first four weeks of doing this routine, the person probably lost some weight and felt great, but after that, they just plateaued. It wouldn't matter what the routine was, the result would be the same. The body adapts, the routine isn't challenging anymore, and you just keep doing it – hoping the early results happen again. Basically, if you aren’t at least a little sore, or feeling challenged when you train at least a few times a week, you need something new. The body is a smart, adaptive, and extremely efficient machine. Mondays should never be the same! Each day should involve something different -- different movement, different weights, different intervals, different time domains -- sprints, medium distances, long distances, body weight movements, squatting, pressing, pulling, throwing, balance, and much more. Your training has to look different on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis in order to force your body to adapt and for you to see and feel results – to feel stronger, be faster and have more endurance. Isn't that why you work out?
We provide daily opportunities for variability at Fit! If you're not seeing and feeling results, we aren't doing our job, so you should talk to us. We want to help you and encourage you, but we will push you! We’ll challenge you to go from the TRX pull-up, to the band pull-up, to an unassisted pull-up, to a pull-up with your chest touching the bar, to a muscle-up. It means going from rowing 500 meters in three minutes to rowing 500 meters in two-and-a-half minutes, and then two minutes or less for 500 meters. All of these goals are attainable for almost anybody, and there are steps along the way called skill transfer activities that allow us go from one goal to the next. Underlying all of it is our willingness to reach for more and to try new things.