What does it really take for your body to improve and the concept of progression “curve”…
What is the biggest problem 99% of people face when they try to lose weight and/or build muscle?
Let’s take a very overweight guy as an example. His fitness goal is to lose 50 pounds.
He starts going to the gym, dieting and doing cardio. For about 2-3 months he is seeing good results, and then boom! Nothing keeps happening. Complains like “WTF? I am working harder and harder, but weight stays there!”. And that’s when, by the way, a lot of people seek trainers because they don’t know what to do.
The only fix to this problem is understanding.Understanding what? How progress REALLY happens. In both, weight loss and muscle building. Here is how people think it goes:
So people without great knowledge in fitness expect progress to go LINEARLY. In other words, always keeps going up and up, until desired point is achieved.
In reality, as you might have already understood, it happens like that:ogress
So, in reality, your progress is always unstable, wavy. More often than not, after pushing and achieving some result, you have to take a step back, let your body deload and resensitize to what you are doing, and then start pushing again. But the first plateau is where 99% of people already get stuck.
There are tens, if not hundreds of ways to properly get out of plateaus. And, all aspects (Nutrition, Training and even Steroids) must be cycled, but it is a whole different topic that can take hours to discuss. Briefly, one of the best tools that people have come up with is PERIODIZATION, (or CYCLING).
In summary, if you know how to periodize (or cycle) training and nutrition, you can keep progressing until a pretty advanced level is achieved. After that, of course, more in-depth knowledge and experience is required to keep advanced athletes getting even better.
Stay tuned for more articles on how to properly step back, deload, periodize and keep improving!
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