Sometimes you gotta push the limits.
But, unfortunately, sometimes when you do that, you realize what your limits are.
At this point trying to push further can just lead to a stalemate…or even worse, backsliding.
I’m a big proponent of listening to my body for training.
In doing this your body will “guide” you forward making progress.
Yet when you have a specific goal in mind, you want to move straight in that direction.
And, of course, the faster the better.
But, sometimes your body doesn’t agree. Linear progression only works for a short amount of time.
Being goal driven you can then force the issue…and your body just might fight force with force, resulting in a plateau or worse, pain and injury.
What is the better option here?
Don’t force. Coax.
Sometimes you have to take a step or two backwards in order to be able to move forwards once again.
It’s a paradox. When it comes to goals in strength training, the fastest way from point A to point B is NOT a straight line. If it were there wouldn’t really be such a thing as a strength coach.
Let me give you an example…
With my beast snatch training I was getting ever closer. Hitting 80 reps in 10 minutes was great.
Over the next few workouts I tried to hit some new PR’s in different ways keeping the momentum going.
The next logical progression would be 85 or 90 reps in ten minutes.
Or the halfway mark I talked about of 50 in 5 done with ease. (The problem so far is this one isn’t easy.)
But I just wasn’t ready for them.
So then I tried again, forcing what I could do, and failed again.
Now I don’t even feel like I could do those 80 in 10 minutes. I backslid.
I’m not happy with it. I’m not proud of it.
I thought I’d “learned” this lesson before but I guess I needed a reminder.
Finally, I realized what was going on.
I wasn’t listening. I was using my body as my enemy rather than as my ally.
So over the past week or so I’ve scaled things back. Keeping it easy.
I haven’t hit any form of PR in a little while. That’s okay. I’m rebuilding my base.
Taking a step back so I can make forward progress again.
I will get there, it just may not be as fast as I would like. (Truthfully I wish I had accomplished this goal months ago.) But great things take time, and sometimes I’m a very bad judge of just how long things actually take.
Thus, I encourage you, if you’ve hit a plateau, if you’re not making progress, it may be time to regroup and then move forward once again.
Ask yourself, what direction does your body WANT to move in?