The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. ~Ellen Glasgow
As I'm always telling members and clients, it's important to change your workout on a regular basis. A few days ago, I received an excellent e-mail from Holly Rigsby about that specific topic. Even better, she covered all the questions/objections that I hear from some people when I encourage them to switch up their program.
So...rather than reinventing the wheel, I asked Holly if I could repost her terrific article here for my readers.
Variety For Variety’s Sake?
Author of Fit Yummy Mummy
Time to Change it up!
“If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always gotten”
How long have you been doing the same workout routine?
Feeling stuck with your results? It may be due to the fact that your body has hit a plateau.
If you do not change up your workouts often enough, your body get used to it which leads to zero progress on your fat loss goals – not to mention the same routine can quickly become quite boring or even lead to burn out.
Fabulous Fat Loss Results are achieved by adding variety to your fat loss workout plan by adjusting one or more workout program variables, such as….
- Rest Periods
It’s Going To Happen: Your body will eventually adapt to your fat loss workout plan.
The average person adapts to a workout after 4 to 6 exposures. This is due to the fact that your body does not like change so your body fights this by adapting to your workout.
As your body adapts….you get stronger…. your workout no longer feels challenging…your results begin to taper off.
To keep getting results and avoid a plateau you must find a way to force your body to change and apply new demands to your body.
So you look for ways to change up your workout plan – but…
are you adding variety with no clear purpose or plan?
“Why Can’t I Just Do The Same Exercises And Just Add More Weight?”
Take this approach and you will eventually hit a plateau for you are only focusing on changing 1 variable – and remember, your body is smart and will figure out a way to adapt.
Plus, each exercise has benefits and drawbacks – in order to balance the positives and negatives ALL variables must be tracked and changed accordingly – not just 1.
“Why Can’t I Change EVERY Single Workout – The More Variety, The Better My Results, Right?”
The best exercises are the best exercises. If you can do an exercise that gives you great results for 4 weeks – why only use it for one?
Your body needs repeated exposure to certain movements in order to improve. Therefore changing your workouts up too much removes the opportunity to get stronger in order to make progress.
How Do You Know If You Are Doing It Right?
Change up your workout too much – miss out on results.
Fail to change it up enough – hit a plateau.
Since there are many different approaches to designing an effective fat loss workout plan, there is no one Right answer. That being said, you can still check to see if you are on track or not by answering these 3 questions.
1. Are you cutting and pasting a handful of exercises together?
Maybe what you saw in a magazine, in the gym, online or just a collage of exercises that look good from a few different exercise programs.
2. Are you completing each workout each time striving to change up one or more variables to keep your body challenged?
3. Are the workouts you do trackable?
As you complete your workouts, are you able to make note of the variables changed and the progress you are making? Tracking your progress workout to workout is one of the fastest and easier ways to get results. Not only do you stay focused to get the most out of each and every workout, you have the information you need to make adjustments so you never hit that wall of Zero Results!
Take the guess workout out of your fat loss workout routine
and Get Results!
Well Fit Yummy Mummy has it all mapped out for you – step by step, full body, progressively challenge resistance training workouts. 16 weeks worth of fat loss plans plus a bonus 12 weeks of more advanced workouts!
Not into the whole “ebook” thing?
For everyone who prefers follow along DVDs and especially those of you who have been on the waiting list for the Fit Yummy Mummy DVD Packages – good news is after a fulfillment fiasco in October, there are more available.
Right now I am just trying to get a final count on how many Basic and how many Deluxe packages are remaining. Quick recap - back in October when I first released the Fit Yummy Mummy DVD packages, our lovely fulfillment company failed to order enough and caused a tremendous delay for many who did order. After the orders were corrected, we now have packages left and need to move them out for we are in the process of changing fulfillment companies to avoid such frustrating situations again and to be able to deliver DVD orders promptly as promised.
Your Friend and Coach,
Author of Fit Yummy Mummy
UPDATE FROM HOLLY:
I just received the final count on the remaining Fit Yummy Mummy DVDs! Fit Yummy Mummy DVD Packages
I've had so many inquiries regarding when I'd make the "Get Your Body Back" DVD Packages available again.
I currently have 94 Basic DVD Packages and 147 Deluxe DVD Packages left in the warehouse. (this is as of Tues. November 17th at 8:03 pm EST)
Yes, there is a bit of urgency...
We are in the middle of switching fulfillment companies so here's your chance to grab what we have left in stock because I do not know how soon the new fulfillment company will have the next batch of DVD Packages available.
Hurry ~ grab your Fit Yummy Mummy DVD Packages before they are gone.