Plateau's suck. They really really suck :)
A few weeks ago, I hit a plateau on my fitness goals...not losing anymore weight, workouts were going well, and I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong :( I was working out everyday, and according to what info I had, I should have still been losing weight...
Day 105: Enter Plateau...
I had hit a plateau...doing the same thing, getting comfortable with the routine and my body said "I am GOOD with this regime, thanks!"...everything was great, nothing hurt anymore after my workouts, I feel good, could power through them with no issues. But my body was getting efficient with what I was doing...burning less to accomplish the same thing. Thus not burning as many calories...I needed to change things up.
So, I did, just started doing some HIIT sessions (stands for High Intensity Interval Training)...where you basically enter the 7th Circle of Hell for a prescribed amount of time, going totally anaerobic (instead of aerobic) which your body cannot use oxygen to fuel itself. Then you get a rest period where you just keep moving and your heart rate is SUPPOSED to return to normal...HA! Funny...whatever. Then, after you return to normal, you enter that 7th circle of hell again, over, and over and over. It's HARD, it SUCKS, I am sweating so much it's just disgusting...my legs are noodles, I can't breath and I will admit, I dropped the F bomb a few times...ok, maybe like 45 times. BUT...I am off that plateau.
Sure, I can't get up from sitting without every single muscle in my body crying out, or grab a glass out of the kitchen cabinets, laughing is a chore as is tugging with my dogs...BUT, I am back to losing weight and getting more fit. I don't have to do it everyday (in fact you shouldn't as your body can't repair itself fast enough)...but just adding it a few times a week is enough to get things moving again.
I think with everything you learn you hit a plateau...if you stay at that level of learning/fitness/understanding, without pushing yourself a bit, you will never make gains.
Another example, the guitar...BTW I am in love with her...
Practice, practice, practice...getting better, then BAM, hit a brick wall...got frustrated, decided to just learn some new chords instead of trying to perfect the songs and chords I knew...switched it up a little.
Then BAM! The change made things happen, my brain needed that little change and now I am playing songs, strumming well and really REALLY enjoying the guitar...
Sure...I could have stopped, or kept on the path I was going...but the bottom line was, a change needed to happen to facilitate a higher level of understanding.
The husband is going through this as well in agility. With all the European stuff I am throwing at him, he is for sure having to step up his game. I would say with his handling, he had hit a plateau...and now he broke through it, or is in the process I should say :)
This is why I attend seminars, I think if an instructor stops attending seminars, they eventually will hit a plateau in their teaching. Nothing new is learned, nothing is changed in regards to training, therefore, their students will also reach plateau's in their training as well.
One of the main reasons I did running contacts, they ARE scary, they are UNKNOWN, but they are making me a better trainer, handler etc.
The point I am trying to make is, plateau's can be something you WANT to overcome, OR, they can be a place you are comfortable. Your safe handling, your workouts. You are happy with what you are doing, you are good at that particular level that you are performing the task, and to step outside of the box is scary, unknown and it's easy to want to stay in that little box and be in your happy place. BUT, we never grow, we never excel, by just being content where we are in our endeavors. By constantly challenging yourself, you get better, faster, stronger. By being happy with your plateau, you are selling yourself short. So, my challenge to all of you this week, think of a situation where you are comfortable, and going past your comfort zone could make you better at what you are currently doing. Then do it. I don't care what it is, but try.
I'm not sure there IS a plateau in training dogs on stock though...if there IS, I haven't reached it...I am always looking for improvement :)
Gator thinks I have a LOT more to learn too...
Gator's grandfather's name was "Black" :) Imagine that...
Now, onto FUN STUFF!!!!! THE GIVEAWAY!!!!!
I have compiled a little gift thingie to a random blog follower :)
It's a bunch of toys and treats my dogs LOVE :)
NOT ONE BUT TWO SOCK MONKEYS!! OMG!
A Ruffy Flappy Dog toy
SQUEAKY Tennis ball
2 bags of Zukes training treats in Salmon and Chicken Flavored
3 Bully Sticks
And an adorable Spiffy Dog Collar (love these, they don't stink if you swim your dogs a lot)
NO Zip, you cannot send the Hydrogen Peroxide to someone. Because of YOU we need gallons of the crap here in case you devour something toxic.
So there you go! Minus the Hydrogen Peroxide...unless for some reason you want it, then I guess I can include it in there...
So, the question to answer in the comments section IS:
"What will you do this week to break through a plateau you are experiencing?"
A winner will be picked at random, from the comments posted ON THE BLOG, not on Facebook comments...so please comment on the actual blog site. The contest ends on Thursday April 28th at 12:00 pm. I will announce the winner on April 29th and ship out your loot :) Thanks in advance to everyone that is playing! And of course, thank you to ALL of you for reading the blog!