Making strategic changes along the way will improve your progress if done correctly. As I move towards my goal of stepping on stage April 14, 2011 my trainer is making small changes to my nutrition plan to maximize the training we are doing. If you are unsure what this means please read on.
Strategic Changes Based Upon Feedback
At one point, as the weight training I was doing progressed to complexes (3 or more exercises performed in a row without rest focusing on one body part), my energy levels were extremely low. In fact, they simply fell off the chart. After giving that feedback to my trainer he made a small adjustment to my program — eat fruit with the first 3 meals of the day when it is a weight training day.
Strategic Changes Based Upon Results
As I go along on this path towards competing my goal I am producing results each week. Some weeks I have great results and others I produce results that aren't as great. However, I am always producing some kind of results. Based upon these results we make strategic adjustments to my weight training and nutrition plans. For instance, my fat loss is still progressing, but has slowed significantly over the past 2 weeks. As a result, my trainer cut all my starchy carbs by 1/3. This means that if I was taking in 1/2 cup of brown rice at a given meal it is now a little less than 1/3 of a cup. The results produced will then be analyzed again and more adjustments made depending upon those results.
Strategic Changes Improve Progress
By making continual small strategic changes each week we avoid plateaus that cause frustration and delay the ultimate goal. We take pictures weekly and adjust according to the visual results, actual tested numbers and how I feel physically. None of the changes are drastic. In fact, the entire idea of this approach is to avoid drastic changes all at one time. This improves progress, but it also helps me to stay motivated as I avoid long plateau periods.
If you want to see some great progress in your fitness program, use this approach of making small strategic adjustments.