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Hit a wall when working out? Struggling to get past a particular state of your fitness goals? If so, there’s a good chance something is blocking your progress. The good news is that your struggles are likely to be due to one of many common reasons. We’re going to take a closer look at few of those today - and reveal how to get back on track.
You aren’t increasing your strength
If you want to push beyond your current fitness levels, you need to build up some strength. The more muscle you have, the more it will improve your performance. So, make sure you are alternating your cardio days with some time doing weights. Pull ups and push-ups are great tools, too - and you should also do plenty of core work to give your midriff more flexibility and strength.
You aren’t working hard enough
If you want to improve your fitness, you have to push beyond what feels comfortable. Unless you have a full sweat on, and your muscles aren’t on fire at the end of a workout, you won’t be making any headway. There are a few things you can do to get in a better state. First of all, take shorter breaks between your sets. You can also workout for that little bit longer, just to make sure you are developing those muscles and your fitness. You will get more gains during the final pushes of any workout - so keep on going, no matter how much it burns.
You still partake in bad habits
Are you the sort of person that celebrates a great workout with a couple of pints in the bar afterward? If so, you could be damaging much of your progress. Smoking is another nasty vice that will be harming our potential, so think about making the switch to an e cigarette. You diet probably the most important factor of all, however. Taking a long, hard look at your nutrition and calorie intake can help you find that extra mileage you need to succeed.
Mix it up
Make sure you are mixing up your routines if you want to improve your all around performance. Your body gets used to doing the same old things every day - even after two weeks. So, switch things up and try something else - swimming and cycling, alongside running, for example. It will give you muscles a chance to recover properly, and still help you push on with your fitness targets.
Go for explosion
Explosive exercises like burpees and knee tucks will improve your speed. And, more speed means you will be able to workout a lot more in the time you have. Not only that but these types of exercises can have a significant impact on your performance in sports. Footballers will become quicker over the first five yards, for example. And tennis and squash players will have a lot more energy and faster reaction times.
As you can see, there are several simple ways of improving your performance. Why not give them a try and see where they take you?