- May 19, 2019
Not Progressing? (Part 2)
Having trouble progressing with your exercise or seeing results? Dylan Arnold, an NYHRC personal trainer at 13th street, has some tips that might explain why you aren’t seeing the gains or losses you’re working toward.
There are a couple of things that could be going on here, but the two most common are not pushing hard enough or pushing too hard. You have to find a middle ground that works for you, and the easiest way to do this is with trial and error.
Today, we’ll focus on pushing too hard.
Now, you may be thinking: how is this possible? If you’re someone that likes to give 110% every workout (not a bad thing by any means) you have to give your body time to recover! Physical exercise–be it running, lifting weights, or doing yoga–damages muscle fibers (hence that feeling of soreness after an intense workout); it’s actually during rest periods that muscles reconstruct in stronger configurations and can increase in size. However, constantly pushing your body and muscles through a workout while sore could actually lead to counterproductive muscle damage. Rest and recovery are essential to progressing and seeing results! So if you’re somebody that needs to be in the gym 6 days a week, spend one or two of those days doing active recovery, such as stretching or self-myofascial release (SMR) exercises like foam rolling–click here for more information. Your body will thank you for it and you’ll be able to begin progressing again!