Setbacks in Your Weight Training
There are going to be times when your weight training stalls or you even lose an inch or pound. Everyone experiences them. The key is to not let the setback throw you completely off your weight training routine.
When you have a setback your motivation really takes a hit. The first thing you need to realize it that your body is telling you something. Maybe you’re about to get sick or you need to look at a different approach to training.
Sometimes your body needs a shake up to a routine in order to kick it back into gear. Sit down and talk with your trainer about mixing up your routine a bit. In fact, it may not be your weight training routine that needs an adjustment. You may need to look at a new aerobic workout.
Lots of bodybuilders run for their aerobic training. If running is your routine then try substituting cycling for one or your workouts. It is easier on your knees too.
Here are a couple of other aerobic workouts to shake up your routine.
*1. Place a rolled up towel on or on a cushioned wood floor or grass. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and face the towel. Now jump over it and then jump backward over it. Do this for 20 reps without stopping to rest. Maintain good posture throughout.
*2. Here’s another simple aerobic exercise. Jump & Squat. Grip you hands behind your head while standing. Now squat to a half squat and then explode up as high as possible. Extend your arms as if you are going to grab the ceiling. Do 4-8 reps
Think of this setback as if it is your competition. You have to stare it in the face and go after it with a winning attitude.
Another great way to shake off a setback is to compete. Competition always helps you ward off a setback. Surround yourself with people who are more experienced or stronger than you. Now watch as you put back on that lost weight or gain back that lost inch.
There is nothing like having your competition right in front of you. In fact, you may get some unsolicited tips from those who have experienced similar setbacks. Most bodybuilders like to talk, so be sure to prompt them with questions.
While you are reviewing your weight training and aerobic workouts with an eye for improvement, take a look at you workout see if you can spot time wasters. Perhaps you spend too much time resting between routines.
Finally, don’t neglect a good review of your diet. Perhaps you changed out a supplement for a cheaper brand. Maybe you stopped eating your power breakfast.
If you blew you diet, you’ll know it. Forgive yourself and get back on track.