1. Exercise Less or More
When it comes fitness progression is key. Many times exercising less can be the answer because intensity can be increased and recovery can be improved. On the other hand, an increase in volume can help improve as well. If you have been training for a long time without a week or two off take a break. If you have been working out two times a week up it to three. It really depends on the person and a qualified professional can help you improve on this.
2. Train for a goal
I am not sure if I have ever trained for a weight goal. Instead I have trained for a specific strength, power, or speed goal. I have also trained to be able to advance in specific body weight exercises. The point here is focus your energy on getting to a specific result. A word of caution here. I do believe that goals can be conflicting. For example, becoming really strong and becoming better at marathons are opposed. That is not to say that a runner should not get stronger but the programming should be inline with the specific goal.
3. Manage Stress and Sleep More
Our bodies need sleep and many times. Most people say we need 7-9 hours of sleep. When it comes to stress we all have it. It is not the stress but rather the reaction to the stressful situation. Things like prayer, meditation, focused relaxation, quite time, and much more can help break that plateau.
4. Change nutrition
The obvious things are reducing bad carbs, sugar, alcohol, trans fat, and so on. On the other hand, little things like maybe eating more or less could help depending on the person. Eating more good fats or other nutrition tweaks may just improve performance.
5. Get some support
This can come in so many forms from professional support to the support of a friend. It could mean a training partner or a small group personal training class.
6. Get some recovery
Massage, foam rolling, chiropractic care, band stretching, walking, yoga, vacation, hot cold showers, and many more are all examples of ways to recover. Remember results happen after the workout. Working hard is important but so is working smart and consistent. Recovery techniques are crucial and might be what you need to bust through a plateau.
Finding supplementation for your goals is important. It is not the first thing to look at however I believe it is the easiest way to see some results. Try some supplements for performance and use those. Figure out what you like and what your goals are then you can add those into your overall plan. However some people focus on supplementation but do not look at nutrition or any other factors.
What have you done to break a plateau? Comment below!