How To Overcome Bodybuilding Plateaus In The Gym

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Published on December 16, 2010

Author: jdonalson



When you first started bodybuilding, you gained mass, you had your initial growth spurts, but now you just can't seem to gain muscle mass no matter how much you work out.

Once you reach a bodybuilding plateau, it seems nothing will help you break though it. Rejoice! There is hope.

Here are a few ways to help you overcome those daunting bodybuilding plateaus in the gym.

Overcoming Plateaus In The Gym

Overcoming Plateaus In The Gym How do you overcome plateaus. There are many forms of exercises that you can do to help you with this. For starters squats. Squats are often called the king of exercise and the reason is squats work the largest muscle in the body, which are the thighs. They not only stimulate muscle size and growth but they also provide metabolic stimulation that encourages upper body growth. There are many ways in which to do squats. Below are examples of how to do squats properly:

Overcoming Plateaus In The Gym Here is another form of squats you can do called “Squat Jumps”. To do these, stand with your feet shoulder width apart and toes pointed slightly outward, with a bar resting across your shoulders and traps. Descend into a squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Explode upward; as your hips and knees approach full extension, jump off the balls of your feet. Upon landing, move immediately into another squat. Look straight ahead and keep your torso and neck muscles tight throughout. (See below)

Overcoming Plateaus In The Gym Another form of exercise you can do to help you overcome plateaus in the gym is to do lunges. The lunge is a weight training exercise that is use to strengthen and build the quadriceps (thighs), glutes (butt) and muscles comprising the "hamstrings. The lunge can be performed in several ways, using a barbell, using dummbells, using cables and even using a  Smith Machine. To perform a basic lunge, stand with your feet together and your hands by your sides. Take a large step forward with your left leg. Bend your legs and lower your right knee until it almost touches the floor and your left leg is bent to 90 degrees. Keep your body upright and look forward. Push down and forward with your left leg to push yourself back up into the starting position. Repeat the exercise leading with your right leg and continue alternating legs for the duration of your set. (See below):

Overcoming Plateaus In The Gym With persistence and consistence, and more importantly patience, if you are serious about getting into the best shape in your life, you can overcome those nagging plateaus just by implementing some of the exercises mentioned previously. Who knows, if you are a serious bodybuilder, you will do what is necessary to achieve your goals of having the body your desire and you can look like this: To learn the secrets to success in getting into the best shape in your life, visit:

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