The Great Plateau

More times than I can count I have heard the issues people have with their fitness goals. This may be in the realm of running (as a marathon coach), or from those interested in working out and have felt unsuccessful in the past with their fitness endeavors. Usually that conversation begins with the “Why’s” of their frustration or lack of progress in their opinion. But through each conversation it generally comes back to the idea of plateauing.

We see this concept not only on the physical fitness performance side, but also in overall weight loss. While the two usually go hand in hand, plateauing in general just means your body has adapted to what you do as “normal” so there is not a growth or response. A good example is the first time you go to gym. A person will usually work out and the next day or so feel that soreness of having taxed their body with a new move or routine that it doesn’t recognize. Usually if one continues to do that same work, they no longer receive that same soreness as the body has assimilated to the movement or intensity. There are plenty of commercialized, franchise gyms that boast low cost memberships, which often drive consumers in the door. However, what is still the case is unless a customer designs their own workouts that constantly challenge their body, that too will become routine. As humans we are creatures of habit. We may hit the same cardio equipment, run the same path at the same speed or simply go through a specified routine. All of this neglects the “shake up” your body wants and needs for desired outcomes.

Fast-forward to the concept of Southside 45. Each time a workout is designed it takes into consideration just that. How can these movements be linked to create a disequilibrium/ lack of balance with what the body perceives as normal. The workouts are then crafted to do just that, provide your body with an experience that is new and fresh to elicit the desired outcome for each member, whether that is for performance, fitness, or muscle definition. It’s really that simple. I enjoy helping individuals feel like they got a great workout and of course experience that feeling of really seeing what they can accomplish. The first time may be hard but you will adapt to learning how to push yourself, increase intensity as needed or at times dial it back. Whatever the case may be, challenge yourself to change it up and see all that is possible. I know you won’t be sorry!

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