By Stephanie Joanne
If getting bigger and stronger were as simple as lifting weights, would it not make sense to simply lift heavier weights to reach — and surpass — your goals? In theory, this sounds fail-proof. But if that were the case, there would be no such thing as a plateau: that moment you stop seeing results, even when you are lifting heavier and regardless of your efforts.
Experienced weightlifters know continued improvements require frequent program shifts to challenge your body’s natural ability to adapt. Beyond the physical need to switch it up, there is another component: the mental aspect,when you simply don’t enjoy the same program as much as you used to. It’s during these times that you need to look to different modalities to help you lose weight, gain strength, and keep your head in the game.
Here are some of the most common fitness dilemmas and some suggested remedies — where do you fit into the mix?
Your Dilemma: Your twice-weekly arm workouts are no longer giving you the results you crave.
Your Solution: There are many other ways that you can challenge your upper body muscles without resorting to the same reps and sets you always do. Try boxing! It’s a great total-body workout with
upper-body emphasis, can be done in groups, and can burn up to 510 calories for a 180-pound person in only 30 minutes. Boxing can help not only those who find themselves in the ring but also those who are looking to increase their upper body strength and endurance.