This may sound crazy, but most people who workout are in the same condition as when they started.
Why is this you ask?
Because most people do the same exact routine over and over again. This of course never leads to results.
Instead you find yourself stuck in a plateau that seems impossible to get out of.
Does this sound familiar?
Luckily there are a few common signs that will tell you when it’s time to give your workout a makeover.
If you pay attention to these signs you will avoid the dreaded weight loss plateau and continue to get great results in the weeks and months to come.
Here are the 3 signs that tell you it’s time to switch up your workout routine.
You Are No Longer Getting Results
Are you happy with the results you are currently getting? If not that means you have more than likely hit a plateau and the workout program you have been following is no longer getting the job done.
One thing you should know about your body is that it is extremely intelligent. After a few weeks of doing a workout your body will start to adapt.
When you first start a workout program there is a standard process known as General Adaptation Syndrome that takes place.
When you start a new workout routine it literally causes your body to go into a state of shock. This is especially true if you haven’t worked out for an extended period of time.
Because the new routine is such a shock to your system it forces your body to burn more calories which is why you start to see results rather quickly.
The problem is over time your body starts to adapt to your workout routine and you start to burn fewer calories while doing the same workout.
Once your body adapts you stop getting the same results you were getting when you first started.
To avoid a plateau you should make it a point to change up your routine every 6 weeks.
You No Longer Enjoy Training
Do you now dread going to the gym to workout? If so that may be a sign it’s time to switch things up a bit.
Even the most exciting workout program can lose its luster at some point in time. Even worse is the fact you are less likely to go workout if you no longer enjoy your training program.
The best way to break out of this rut is to try a few new exercises or change your whole routine. For example, if you have been using machines for the last few weeks, start using free weights.
The range of motion is better and it will force you to work a wider range of muscles. If you usually do your cardio on the treadmill try going outside for a jog instead.
Switching up how and where you workout can breath new life into your daily routines. Not only will you start to have fun working out again, but you will also start to see results.
If your diet is on point you will notice changes within the first week of changing up your routine.
Your Workout Is No Longer a Challenge
This is pretty much the opposite of getting bored with your routine. As some point, as your body gets used to your workout routine, it will adapt and your workouts will no longer be as hard as they once were.
Because of this your workouts will no longer be a challenge. And when you aren’t challenging your body, it won’t change.
When you lift weights it should be a challenge. If lifting 40 pound dumbbells is no longer a challenge for you, then that means it’s time to take things up a notch.
Even if you only do 2 reps with a 45 pound dumbbell, that is still challenging your body. At some point you will be able to do 45 pounds for 8 reps.
The idea is to always be challenging your body. That is the only way it will change.
Please know changing up your routine will not work if your diet is all over the place. While you may get results initially, at some point you’re going to have to get your diet in order if you want your results to continue.
When you combine an effective routine with a clean diet, you will notice your body changing quickly.
The Bottom Line
If you notice your results have slowed down in the gym, that’s a sign it’s time to make a few changes to your routine.
The good news is you don’t have to make any dramatic changes to get results. Something as simple as adding 5 pounds to your bench press will help get things moving in the right direction again.
In the words of Bowflex contributor Tom Holland, If you are challenging your body, you are changing your body.