#1: Change The Setting
Have you ever switched gyms before and felt something different? Or taken your workout outside instead of being inside on a beautiful day, regardless of whether it meant veering from your normal plan? Whether it is getting excited about new equipment, seeing other people training in different ways or simply exposing yourself to another training environment, these little things can actually make a big difference in the way you feel about your workout. Different equipment breaks you out of your comfort zone and presents you with new ways to challenge and trick your body into new levels of growth.
#2: Work Out At A Different Time Of Day
Most of us follow the same routine every day. We get up at around the same time, eat at roughly the same times, go to the gym at the same times … you get the point. That can be a good thing, of course. But if you find yourself simply going through the motions without much enthusiasm, it’s probably time for a change. How many of you have tried performing a fast HIIT workout during your lunch break to wake yourself up and get an energy boost for the rest of the work day? How about waking up in the morning and going for a run rather than tagging your 30 to 45-minute cardio session on to the end of your resistance training later that day? Throwing your body a few curveballs every now and then might be just what you need to break through your plateau and start to see the changes you are hoping for.
#3 Try A New Style Of Training
This doesn’t mean completely overhauling what you are doing and abandoning what has (hopefully) worked for you for so long. After 10 years of training in a strength and hypertrophy mode, I can personally confirm that doing the same thing in the gym every day gets boring. So I decided to incorporate a couple of new activities into my training to breathe new life into my workouts – Crossfit and spinning. By switching my routine and style of training up a few times a week, I feel like I found a whole new way to experience my time at the gym and add some color back into my fitness lifestyle.
It's going to be difficult--keep working.