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Sometimes competitive exercisers and competitive weightlifters and pretty much every athlete everywhere catch themselves in a rut. Those of you who are at all involved in athletics know what I’m talking about. The kind of rut where no matter how hard you train or how much effort you put forth you can’t seem to make any progress.  Often times these periods in our training can be the most frustrating and most confusing. We can change how we train, or how often we train, or what exercises we train, or what days we rest and it may make no difference.
Today I got the opportunity to see what happens when you change the environment in which you train. Often times the best remedy to a training rut is to change the environment and train with different people and in different groups and let progress happen that way. Sometimes I think we get comfortable in our normal training environments and mentally we are complacent in the gym we train in daily. I had a handful of athletes come to Dallas this weekend and I was lucky enough to get to see what happens firsthand when you change up the training environment.
If your training has plateaued and you find yourself frustrated, consider trying to change something. Maybe change who you train with once a week or change which gym you train in once a week. I am not saying to abandon consistency in your training and in fact I would advise against it. However, sometimes changing something can lead to the long withheld results you’re searching for. Consider changing something once this week or maybe regularly plan a training day once a week or once a month when you get outside of your gym, outside of your comfort zone and train around people you who you do not normally train with. Below is a video of some pretty inspiring lifting that happened today in a different training environment.

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Oh and check this guy out…

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