Going to the gym can feel like you’re banging your head against the wall.
You train, train and train some more – but you just don’t seem to be getting anywhere.
You can’t be wrong, and you can’t imagine NOT going to the gym.
But, it’s important to be able to decipher between the two.
So, in this article I’m going to cover:
• which warning sign means what,
• and what to do about it.
Recommendation: Take a week off and change your routine.
Rest is an important part of making progress.
So is variety.
In the words of Dan John, “Anything will work, but only for six weeks.”
Combine these together and you come to the conclusion that doing the same thing over and over again, without rest, is futile.
Therefore, if you found you’ve not been getting at all stronger over the past few weeks.
It’s time to rest and change up your program.
Recommendation: Take a week off.
Feel like you’ve got a cold coming on? Light weights feeling heavy? Struggling to sleep?
Chances are, you’ve over-trained.
Take a week off.
Do some stretching and some foam rolling, and get back to the gym next week.
• You won’t get fat,
• you won’t lose strength and
• you sure as hell will feel better when you come back.
Recommendation: Change your workout.
If you’ve been training for a few weeks and not gotten any bigger, any leaner or seen any noticeable difference in yourself – it’s time to change your routine.
Find or create a new plan specific to your goals, and completely overhaul what you’re doing. You’ll find it’s a change your body really needs.
Recommendation: Change your workout and rest.
This is common for gym regulars.
One day, you’re flying high and loving every minute of it. Then, you’ve crashed, burned and lost any motivation you were clinging on to.
Why does this happen?
Because you’re bored, or perhaps because you’re not seeing any progress.
And, as human nature, you only like doing what you’re good at or enjoy doing.
So, my advice here is to give yourself a little break from the gym and find a routine that you’re going to love.
Then, hit it full force when you get back.