Being consistent is the key to making progress over time. But it’s hard to be consistent. There’s a never ending stream of distractions. Even if you manage to mostly ignore them and stay on plan, eventually boredom sets in.
You’ve been sticking to your training and food regimen and it’s getting you results. But it’s becoming harder and harder mentally. You feel a little bit like a drone. What should you do? You can focus and grind harder.
Or you can switch it up.
There are certain fundamentals that you’ll still need to adhere to in order to keep making progress. Working to get stronger over time is one. Energy balance, or eating in a way that supports your goals, is another.
The good news is there are countless ways to work within these parameters.
The past few weeks I’ve definitely been in a low point in terms of motivation to train. I’ve been trying to buckle down and just do it anyway. The truth is, I know myself, and I’m not very good at doing things I don’t feel like doing. I grit my teeth for a while but eventually I get to a point where I think, “screw it”.
That tells me it’s time for me to switch up my workouts. I’m not saying you should do exactly what I’m doing. Your situation is your situation. Maybe you just need a week off from your routine and then you’ll be re-energized.
Instead of lifting three days per week, I’ll be switching to five days. The weekly volume (sets and reps of exercise) will be about the same. I’m trading three longer sessions for five shorter ones. Without flooding you with every little detail, it’s essentially alternating upper body and lower body workouts.
It’s not magic or a trick, just a little tweak to keep you more engaged mentally. You don’t want to change up your regimen constantly. If you’re always doing a totally new workout you’re always learning a new workout, not improving at a workout. Pick one and stick with it for several weeks or a few months. Squeeze all you can from the one you’re on now. Then make some changes to maintain your interest and enthusiasm.