When taking on a new workout plan, the key things to look out for are sustainability and the potential to produce the results you are hoping to achieve. But what happens when that plan stops working for you?
Here are 3 signs it’s time to switch things up…
Results have plateaued
It’s completely normal to see quick results at the beginning of a new workout plan – that’s your body adapting. It’s also normal for this to fall away slightly as you move into weeks 3 & 4 – that doesn’t mean the plan isn’t working, it’s just a reminder that real results don’t come in 6 – 8 weeks! Having said that, if you saw results in the beginning but have noticed things stagnating recently, it could be time to switch things up. You don’t necessarily have to rip-up your whole plan, try simple changes like swapping volume for lower, heavier reps and sets or switching from machines to free weights.
You’re not getting results
If you’ve given things around 6 weeks and have noticed no real changes in strength, physique or conditioning, it’s definitely time to change. Every exercise doesn’t work for every individual and every plan doesn’t suit either. Remember, your ideal workout plan should be be tailored to your needs – try as many as you need to, note what works from each and make your own!
This is an often overlooked but important factor to consider. If you are bored, you are WAY more likely to miss workouts as a result of lost motivation. Regardless of what results you might achieve on the programme, you won’t get them outside the gym so you need to find a way to get yourself motivated and back on schedule.
How often do you switch things up? What tricks do you use to keep yourself motivated at the gym??
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