I have a 62-year-old client who is having difficulty continuing to alter her body composition. She is eating clean, doing cardio and doing five days/week of resistance training (was 3x/wk). She seems to have hit a plateau. What can be attempted to kick start this again?
Thanks for your question! Often, the body adapts quickly to the mode of exercise intensity. In fact, adaptation is its job! Our suggestion is to manipulate her training variables more often, forcing the body to play “catch up.” Read on for some suggestions.
Each acute variable selection (if followed) will elicit a specific physiologic response. Here are a few to choose from:
This phase involves performing a strength movement, which is then mimicked by movement that utilizes the stretch-shorten cycle.
Peripheral Heart Action System is a form of circuit conditioning designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance and local muscular endurance.
In addition to acute variables (reps, sets, tempo, rest), you can use the science of Tweakology designed by Gary Gray. Below is a chart that he has created to give your workouts as much variability as you can imagine. PLEASE select the variable that best fits your clients' needs and goals. Don’t just do to do – do with a purpose!