I’ve noticed quite a few threads of individuals who have hit the wall…physically and mentally…in their training programs.
This happens to everyone at some point or another. The iron game, as everyone knows, is not just physically demanding but psycologically demanding as well. We are the select few that go about this sport with the precision of NASA working on the next space cruiser.
I’ve found that when I’ve hit the wall in my training, the following things have helped me get back on track.
1. Take up a new sport...or revisit an old sport outside of the 'ol iron for a while. If you used to play hoops, join a local Y and play some competitive B-ball for a month or two. When I became disgusted with my own progress a year or two ago, I played hockey for about 4 months and didn't hit the gym once. When I finally went back to the gym I had a fresh outlook and a clear plan.
2. Put away the darned food journal! The mental toll on our psyche from constantly obsessing over each meal is almost as demanding as the actual workout itself. Eat what you like, within reason, and don't worry about it for a while. In addition to saving a tree or two, you'll clear your head and be fully ready to engage in "attack" mode when you return.
3. Stay away from forums like this! The whole point of a "break" is not just to give your body a break physically, but give your mind a break emotionally. If you must have your reading fix, focus on subjects that have nothing to do with weight training or fitness or whathaveyou. For those of you still in school, you might even want to focus more on your studies...ok, maybe you won't want to go that far, but you get the idea.
4. Accomplish something that you might never have been able to do if you were devoting all your spare time to your physique. You know how your wife is bugging you to remodel the kitchen? Go ahead! Knock yourself out! Or maybe you can build that new deck you've been wanting for the last 5 years. You get the idea.
The bottom line is that we ALL need a break, even from something we love doing. I don't think for one minute that Bill Roberts and TC doesn't run screaming from the office from time to time to take in the nearest ball game, or movie, or go-go bar...SOMETHING to take your mind off of your mind, if only for a little while.
Hope this helps.