Breaking Through Exercise Plateaus: Tips to Keep Progressing in May

Reaching a plateau in your exercise routine can be frustrating and demotivating. It’s that point where you feel like you’re putting in the effort but not seeing the results you want. However, hitting a plateau is a common occurrence in fitness journeys, and it’s essential to recognize that it’s just a temporary setback. With the right strategies and mindset, you can overcome exercise plateaus and keep progressing towards your fitness goals. In this blog post, we’ll explore some effective tips to help you break through plateaus and continue making strides in your fitness journey this May.

Mix Up Your Routine:

  1. One of the most common reasons for hitting a plateau is sticking to the same workout routine for too long. Your body adapts to repetitive movements, leading to diminished returns over time. Break through this stagnation by introducing variety into your workouts. Try new exercises, change the order of your routine, or incorporate different training modalities like HIIT, strength training, or yoga.
  2. You can even book a consult with our MProve fitness trainers and they can help curate a workout plan just for YOU! Stop by your Mountainside Fitness’ membership service desk for more information. 


Set Specific Goals:

  1. Setting clear and achievable goals can provide direction and motivation in your fitness journey. Instead of focusing solely on weight loss or muscle gain, set specific goals such as running a faster mile, increasing your bench press weight, or mastering a challenging yoga pose.


Track Your Progress:

  1. Monitoring your progress is crucial for overcoming plateaus and staying motivated. Keep a workout journal or use fitness tracking apps to record your workouts, track your performance, and monitor changes in your strength, endurance, and body composition over time. Celebrate your victories, no matter how small, and use setbacks as opportunities for growth and learning.
  2. You can book an InBody scan with a membership service representative today! The scan will analyze your metrics and help you create goals to keep you motivated. 


Prioritize Recovery:

  1. Proper recovery is essential for optimal performance and progress in your fitness journey. Make sure you’re getting enough rest between workouts, prioritizing quality sleep, and incorporating active recovery activities like foam rolling, stretching, or yoga into your routine. Listen to your body and give yourself permission to rest when needed to prevent burnout and injury.
  2. Enjoy a message by one of our state-of-the-art massage chairs in our recovery rooms! Add Premium Plus to your membership and get unlimited messages. 


Nutrition Matters:

  1. Nutrition plays a significant role in breaking through exercise plateaus and fueling your workouts. Ensure you’re consuming a balanced diet rich in lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables, and stay hydrated, especially in the warmer temperatures of May.


Challenge Yourself:

  1. Pushing outside your comfort zone is key to overcoming plateaus and continuing to progress in your fitness journey. Gradually increase the intensity, duration, or weight of your workouts to challenge your body and stimulate further adaptation.  


Stay Consistent:

  1. Consistency is the cornerstone of success in fitness. Stay committed to your exercise routine, even when progress seems slow or you encounter setbacks. Remember that plateaus are a natural part of the process, and staying consistent with your efforts will eventually lead to breakthroughs and continued progress.


Hitting a plateau in your exercise routine can be discouraging, but it’s important to approach it with patience, persistence, and a willingness to adapt. By implementing these strategies and staying focused on your goals, you can break through plateaus and keep progressing in your fitness journey this May and beyond.