The dreaded plateau

By: Tom McAleese, CPT, Apr 25, 2013

I’ve been working out consistently for six months. All of the sudden I'm not seeing any more results, why is this?

Not seeing results anymore? Might be time to mix up your exercise routine.

This is a common complaint from almost all gym-goers at some point in their life. Everything is going great – you’re losing weight, running faster and farther, lifting more weight then over night it seems, all the results halt and you hit the dreaded plateau. What happened?

Over time, your body becomes accustomed to the demands you place on it and adapts. In order to see change, like weight loss or muscle growth, you need to constantly challenge your body, keep it guessing so it has to continually adapt to new stresses. For instance, try interval cardio sessions instead of steady-state cardio. Add plyometrics to your resistance training. Both of these methods will shake up your gym routine and introduce new stimuli to your body forcing it to adapt and change. They will also help revitalize your mentally as well, keeping you focused with new and exciting exercises.

Tom McAleese is a Can-Fit Pro certified personal trainer since 2009 and Transportation Technology teacher since 1997. He is now the owner and operator of Diamond Fitness Personal Training in Simcoe, Ontario. Tom can be reached at: 519-410-2713 or