Busting through those Late Winter Plateaus!
So you’ve made it to March on your New Years Resolution program of eating better, sleeping more, and getting some exercise, but now you’re running out of steam. I get it: you put all your gusto into changing all of your habits at once, and you’re just a little bit fatigued at this point. Yes! You HAVE seen some great results, but you want more! What do you do when the program you have been so diligently following is getting stale and no longer giving you the results that you want?
This is the perfect time to change things up for the better, adjust your program to jump-start progress, and reinvigorate your enthusiasm for health and wellness. With the weather warming up, why don’t you take your program outside? There are plenty of ways to create challenging and fun workouts in the sunshine and away from all of the noise and clutter of the gym. In addition, you’ll give yourself a needed dose of vitamin D after spending all those months cooped up indoors.
How about a complete change in program? After working hard for the last 3 months, nothing will get your exercise passion back like trying something different. Personally, I like to completely revamp what I’m working on a few times each year. This keeps me from feeling stale, as well as gives me new challenges to work toward. For example, if you recently spent the last few months trying to really increase your strength in the gym with a progressive weight program, why not try a completely bodyweight program? How do you add resistance you ask? Well take that push up and invert it – handstand pushups are quite challenging, but work the same muscles that you would with a shoulder press or push press.
Why not finally master those pull ups you have been working on? Nothing says I’m ready for the impending beach season like well sculpted arms and a nice strong back. And I know that too many of you have avoided trying those pistol squats for fear of falling and making a fool of yourself. Now is your chance to master all those 1-leg exercises that looked too intimidating.
And what about learning a new skill or sport? I myself have endeavored to become proficient in the competition kettlebell lifts and the Turkish Get-up. While training with kettlebells is en vogue these days, the competition lifts – and the training that goes along with them – is still something that I haven’t really experienced yet. Even though I have been using kettlebells in my training for the last several years, I have no idea how many 1 arm snatches I can do in 10 minutes. Think about something new that you’ve been dreaming about doing, and set your heart and mind to it. Think of this as your New Year’s Resolution version 2.0! Find yourself a qualified trainer or instructor in a new discipline and dive in.
Sprint 50 yards
10 x Tree Stump Throws (can use a tire, sandbag, big rock)
10 x Tree Branch Pull Ups
10 x Log Lateral Hurdle Jumps
50 yard Bear Crawl
5 Rounds; 1 min. rest in-between
5 x Pistol Squats (each leg)
10 x Handstand Push Ups
15 x Inverted Rows on rings or bar
As many rounds in 15 minutes as possible
5 x Snatch/5 Windmill
10 x Swings
5 x 3 Turkish Get Ups (per side)
Let me know how you get through the next 3 months!