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How To Know If You’re Ready To Try A New Training Style

How To Know If You’re Ready To Try A New Training Style

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How To Know If You’re Ready To Try A New Training Style
How To Know If You’re Ready To Try A New Training Style

Would you describe yourself as a creature of habit? Do you tend to find something you like and stick with it? If so, you may already know how easy it can be to get stuck in a rut with your workouts. 

While following a consistent routine with your training is important to achieve results, your body can adapt quickly to that training. That’s when you can begin to see your personal progress slow down. But how do you know if you’re ready to progress your workout, or to try a whole new style of training?

Your workouts have become easier

As you get further into a training program or something like our 12-Week Challenge, you will usually find yourself becoming stronger and fitter. The exercises that were hard in the beginning have probably become easier. 

That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change your training style completely — there are ways to make your current workout more challenging. You might try adding more weight for weight-training or doing more reps for time-based workouts. If you’re preparing for a marathon or working towards a major fitness goal, progressive overload is important to ensure you are challenged. 

Your heart rate is low 

As your cardiovascular fitness improves, you might notice you no longer get as puffed during particular workouts. If you’re monitoring your heart rate and you’ve noticed it is staying around the same, even during tough workouts, it might be time to look at your training. For your body to be challenged, you should aim to raise your heart rate to the right zone! 

To calculate the heart rate zone you should be aiming for, start by calculating your Max Heart Rate (MHR). You do that by subtracting your age (in years) from 220. For example, if you are 25 years old, your MHR is 195. Now you know your MHR, aim to keep your heart rate at 70% of that figure (in this example, that would be above 137) during moderate-intensity exercise. For high-intensity, the heart rate zone to aim for would be between 156 and 176.

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You’re not showing any improvement

Ahhh, the dreaded plateau. When you’re working just as hard, but don’t feel as though you’re reaping the same rewards. If you have gotten into a good training routine and you’re following that as well as a good nutrition plan, but you’re not seeing the same results you were in the beginning, chances are you need to increase the intensity. 

You’re bored

We get it, doing the same thing every week can become boring. While you might still enjoy working out, maybe your motivation to do the same routine has dropped. Taking a break from your regular routine to try a new training style can reinvigorate you and give you a new challenge! 

So, you’re ready to try a new training style. What now? 

You’ve realised that it is time to make a change, but you’re not sure where to go from here. Sometimes, all it takes is a small tweak to your current routine to make a huge difference, so that can be a good place to start. 

If a new style of training is what you’re after, then do some research and test a few things out before you commit to a change. Take advantage of trial periods! For users of the SWEAT app, you might like to try a new program to shake things up a little. Try out a workout from one of the other SWEAT trainers and see which you like best. 

Finding a training style that you love really makes a difference to your fitness routine. When you start something new, you may find instead of taking it easy, you’ve got renewed motivation to exercise. Sometimes you just need to get out of your comfort zone and impress yourself with new skills! 

* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.

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