You've heard it a million times before and that is because it's true; If you want results you have to put the work in. It can be easy to think that just because we show up to class we should be seeing a change, but unfortunately that is not the case. Showing up is definitely the first step, but in order to really see improvements in your body and overall health, you need to be challenging yourself on a daily basis. Plateaus happen to all of us and it can be so easy to get into routine, even when the actual exercises themselves are being switched up daily. That is why I have come up with a list of five things you can do to get over that slump and start getting the most out of your workouts.
1. Fuel Your Body: This is hands down, the most important thing you can do for yourself to maximize your workout. You could burn 1,000 calories but if you are not eating properly you are not going to see any positive changes in your body. If you're new to the world of healthy eating I highly recommend taking our FIT4MOM Get Fit Challenge. You will be educated on the right kinds of foods to eat and will also have the added bonus of support from the other moms also taking the challenge with you.
2. Switch Out Your Band: I know you started out using your lighter resistance band because you wanted to ease yourself into the workouts, and that's great. But if you have been coming to class for more than a few months you have no excuse not to at least try using your heavier band from time to time. The beauty in having two different weighted bands is that if you find it gets too difficult with the heavier one you can always switch back to the lighter. So if you have been using your lighter band out of habit it's time to break that and start pushing yourself. Try it out next class for at least one exercise, I dare you! You may just surprise yourself.
3. Be In The Front: People who float in the back or fan off to the sides tend to get a less effective workout than those who are in front. When you know that other people are watching you, you are more likely to push yourself. This one is a biggie for me, personally. At 30 weeks pregnant it can be so easy to use my growing belly as an excuse to hang back, but instead I've been letting the leaders of the class motivate me to keep pushing forward. When people see you going for it, it starts a chain reaction and motivates them to do the same. So stop hiding on the sidelines and get in there! I promise that nobody will laugh at your form and you'll be motivated to pick up the pace throughout the entire workout.
4. Try It On Your Toes: Let's talk push-ups and planking for a moment. Especially halfway through the class and on, your body is nice and warm, giving you more range of motion to get off of your knees and try to do them on your toes. Believe it or not, you will get a better body workout from 5 push-ups on your toes than 10 on your knees. Not to mention you will be strengthening literally every part of your body while you do them, giving you an all over workout that will help to sculpt nice lean muscles.
5. Do One More Than Yesterday: If you don't already, start counting your reps. When you don't pay attention or keep track it can be easy to start actually doing less than before. Jot down how many squats, bicep curls, etc. you did and then try to do one more each day. You will have days where you can barely finish what you did the day before and days where you are easily pulling in 5 extra moves and that is totally normal. The point is just to push yourself and not allow yourself to get into routine. Putting it down on paper or in your phone will help keep you on track and you will find that you are crushing your original numbers in no time!
And there you have it, ladies. I hope these tips help get you out of a workout funk and feeling good!