I have always loved the word “platypus.” It really just rolls right off the tongue.
“Plateau”, on the other hand…
A much less fun “p” word – especially in the workout world.
If you have put in months upon months of hardcore training, then you are in luck. You are bound to hit a plateau at some point and that does not necessarily have to be a good thing.
In the beginning of your journey, you gained almost weekly. Now, your body is becoming well-conditioned and less likely to see larger gains. That is the good news. The bad news is that you will need to tweak what you are doing to see results again. From anabolic steroids to simple mix ups of what you are doing in the gym, here are 3 ways to sail over that icky “p” word…
Add reps when you cannot add weight… or mix up your lineup.
There will come a time when you will stop being able to add ten pounds to every lifting session. There may even come a time when one or two extra pounds feels like A LOT. When this happens, add reps or change up your lineup. Even switching the order in which you do certain sets can make all the difference.
Try anabolic steroids.
If you are afraid to try an anabolic steroid, it’s ok. You have probably been conditioned to be scared to death of them. This happened somewhere along the line when some loony lifters decided to take them in a different way than directed and some others, knowing full-well they had underlying medical conditions, took them anyway. The truth is that anabolic steroids are typically very safe when taken correctly in healthy people. Just like you cannot take 10 Tylenol at once, you cannot take more steroids and expect to feel fabulous. That’s just not how any of this works.
Take a “deload” week.
Overtraining happens. If you are finding that you consistently cannot add weight or reps… or if you can barely make it through your typical workout plan, you may need a “deload”. Your body’s nervous system may need a break to recover. Take a week off and see how you feel. A week in the grand scheme of getting where you need to be will actually do you a world of good if your body needs the break. If this scares the crap out of you, workout in smaller reps and lighter weights for the week, instead. Then come back full force.
Plateau happens… when it does, don’t get discouraged. Keep moving forward. Your next big gain is just beyond that horrible, ugly, no-good, very bad “p” word.