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Overcoming the Plateau


May 22, 2015
Bodybuilding Tips For Overcoming the Plateau
By Emile Jarreau


If you are interested in making continual progress in bodybuilding, the following bodybuilding tips will be worth the read. First, you must keep in mind that there is going to be a time where you aren't getting the results you want, or even any results at all. There are reasons for this, and in order to continue to make progress (or even to start seeing progress), you need to be familiar with why this occurs.

Even the bodybuilding pros have experienced the dreaded plateau, where all the work they put in just seems to go nowhere. What you need to remember is that this cannot get you down. If you give up just because you aren't seeing results, you are giving in to failure! Not only can you succeed if you put in the effort to break free of a plateau, but you can also feel good about the fact that you didn't throw in the towel at the first sign of difficulty.

Now, what are some key bodybuilding tips you can use to overcome stagnation? First, think about your daily habits. If you are consistently eating the same number of calories every day, it is possible that your body is too used to it. One method that many bodybuilders utilize is staggering their diet. For example, on a day with a heavy workout, they will eat 5000 calories, and on their off days, they might eat 3000. This type of decision will encourage muscle growth and match your nutrient intake to your workout routine better.

Never forget that you gain more muscle if you rest. You should already know that the act of weightlifting will actually break down your muscles, and in order to really gain a benefit from those sessions, you have to take a day off in between each one. However, if you have been doing this and you still feel like you're not making any progress, you might consider taking a week off and letting yourself fully recover - especially if you've been at it for over three months. When you do this, you will feel rested and rejuvenated, and can get yourself back into bodybuilding with potentially more muscle and energy than before.

Some other bodybuilding tips include adding a little bit of cardio into your routine. You might be worried that any cardio will burn up the calories you've consumed, making you less able to bulk up from your workouts, but there are two things to remember: just being muscular doesn't necessarily translate to overall health, and adding some variety can encourage growth. Plus, building up your lung power allows more oxygen to reach your muscles, and that will only improve your success.

These bodybuilding tips can help you with overcoming the plateau. If you feel like you're stuck, try incorporating some or all of these into your routine. Just make sure you keep at it.

Emile Jarreau has been involved in Fitness and Bodybuilding for over 32 years.



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Mar 26, 2020
Well said. Very detailed and to the point. I agree, doing cardio has personally helped me. Despite the worry of burning up calories at first. Surprisingly am building up better

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