Challenges/ Fitness

Don’t Give Up: My Tips For Breaking Through a Plateau

Hooray! We’ve made it through a week of blogging DAILY in the August Healthy Living / Fitness Blogger Writing Challenge! I really enjoyed reading through your posts yesterday and getting a better feel for who you are, the things that you’ve had to overcome over the past year, and the amazing things that you’ve accomplished! Some of you had babies, some of you changed courses in school, went back to school, lost a whole lotta weight… I could list your amazing accomplishments all day – you all rock!

Today we’re talking about breaking through a plateau – now this can be any kind of plateau: weight loss, speed, strength, finances etc.

My number 1 rule when it come to plateaus is:

Dont give up.  

Then, in my best Dr Phil voice I ask myself: “How’s that working for ya?”   If it isn’t working, then I change it up. I’ll often take a week off to re-charge my batteries, step back and evaluate the training I have been doing, and the training I could be doing.   I then sit down and make a plan – not a one week plan either, but a month-long one.   That way I won’t end up doing the same thing week after week and wondering why my wheels are turning but I’m not going anywhere.

I like to plan progress.

Hard/Easy days, rest days, days for longer runs, more weights etc.   When I do plateau again, it’s very often because I haven’t been following my plan to a T.

So in a nutshell my tips are:

  1. Take a break to re-charge your batteries
  2. Review and evaluate the training you have been doing
  3. Create a new training plan (at least a month-long)
  4. Follow the new plan.

These 4 steps have helped me tremendously over the past year, and I’m currently in step 4 – trying to follow my plan.

How do you beak through a plateau?

PS – Don’t forget to link up your post in the comments below (I can`t wait to read all about your highs and lows).
PPSPlease be sure to visit some of the other blog posts linked up so that we can all support and get to know each other – Thanks!


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  • Fancy Nancy
    August 7, 2012 at 7:22 am

    These are awesome Janice! I love the idea of each month starting a new training plan!

  • Cindy
    August 7, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I’m not a professional by any stretch of the imagination, but here are my thoughts (early for once)!

  • Stephanie H (
    August 7, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I find my plateaus come in all shapes and forms but overcoming them is all about finding alternatives to give me a boost.

  • Rosanna Soto-Luna
    August 7, 2012 at 11:09 am

    GOOD TIPS, and I agree!!! I like to plan my fitness schedule too, makes me accountable!!

  • Carrie
    August 7, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I think a monthly plan is a great idea. I also agree to not give up. I think it’s always a good idea to just try something new – either add a new workout, add some intensity, try some new foods, whatever works to add something different.

    I didn’t blog on topic today – but it’s a really important topic that I wanted to share.

  • Sarah K (
    August 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I’ve never experienced a plateau…but I’ve lost focus for sure. It’s so important to keep track of your efforts so you can be realistic about your journey!

  • SheisonaRUN
    August 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

    In order to get though a plateau is to change up what you’ve been doing! Check out my post on how I did it!

  • Val
    August 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I recharged and I’m in constant reevaluation. Time for me to get to your number 4 and get a different plan going

  • ~jenniferlynn
    August 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Great post.. not giving up has to be #1! So many people try something that doesn’t work so assume nothing will work.
    Here’s my thoughts (more personal than advice though..)

  • Amber K
    August 7, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Not giving up is definitely the top way to break through a plateau. It was always so frustrating when my weight loss would stall. It was so discouraging! But it just meant I need to push through and keep it up.

  • Christy J
    August 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Ok…I didn’t read yours until I came here to post mine…and we share some similar ideas…always makes me feel like I’ve gotten something right 🙂

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  • wcatalano
    August 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    that’s good advice! i hadn’t really thought about fitness plateaus before. mine is all about diet plateaus!

  • Shannon
    August 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Here are my thoughts on busting through a plateau – mix it up!

  • dirtygirlrunning
    August 8, 2012 at 2:07 am

    I was just talking to a client about plateaus the other day. Here’s what’s worked for me.

  • MizFit
    August 8, 2012 at 6:21 am

    ok I didnt blog it–may I still chime in this month? 🙂

  • Runninglovingliving (
    August 8, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Great tips Janice!!!
    Here is my post:

  • sheslosingit101
    August 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I love your suggestion to plan everything out. I like working out my exercise calendar too!

    Here is my post (delayed due to being on vacation.) Better late than never!