The following post and comment are from an earlier blog, which I have replaced with this one...this post has been backdated to the date of the original post and the comment was copied and pasted unchanged:
Even personal trainers, even total fitness nuts, like myself, lose
motivation sometimes. This happened recently to me, when some additional
stress hit my life. Running was fine, I craved that release. But
lifting, which I usually love, seemed a chore. I ran through what had to
be done in my head and realized I just couldn't go through that
What this meant was that, other catalysts aside, I was
burned out on the routine. It was past time to mix things up and that's
just what I needed at the time anyway. I totally threw out what I had
been doing and went for something completely different and didn't stick
with that either. One day it was kettlebell, then a couple days later I
just played around with the slide-gym-thing we got primarily for mixing
things up (it's a cheaper version of a popular celebrity-infomercial
item you've seen).
It's common to get into a "program," a routine,
when training for both long time gym rats and for newbies. In fact,
those who really love to exercise often find it too easy, we love the
routine too much. Progressive load principle works for strength
training, at the beginning. You increase the weights and sets you're
working with, your muscles keep building. And then you hit a plateau.
Keep doing the same thing you not only stop progressing, you increase
your chance of injury and you may end up deconditioning your muscles.
The body is lazy, it wants to compensate for what you've been doing
during this time.
For those who easily get tired of the routine,
who don't see themselves as fitness buffs and dislike exercise in
general, the routine is often difficult to stick to for long at all.
They seldom get to the point where they're bodies plateau, but might
give up when it feels too tedious. Often as beginners to exercise, they
are led to believe that they must stick to the "program," often having
been sold, literally, a particular one and so give up exercise all
together, fed up and discouraged. Often made to feel, by those who might
have "sold" the plan in the first place, that by not sticking to that
particular thing they've failed.
Change is the answer to both the
physical and mental burn out. Bodybuilders have a precise Periodization
that they use that works with their schedule of competitions.
Determining what they need when is a major part of the sport. Other
athletes also alter their training in connection with their competitive
seasons, often taking a break from their sports-specific training right
when their season ends and doing something else before starting training
again. For those sports doing the sport is vital to being good at the
sport, that is, you must run to be good at running, but the body still
needs a break; and there's no reason conditioning should suffer.
the rest of us, those of us "training for life" to be healthy and
active, we can, really, change anytime we need/want to. If that run
seems too daunting today, go biking! Bored with weight training? See
how you can change it up or take a Pilates class for awhile. The key
is, to keep moving. You can't fail a program if your only program is to