***This is an article I published for BreakingMuscle.com, a fitness and strength website for athletes and coaches alike.
For most beginners, training is a glorious time where personal records are seen monthly, new striations pop up every day, and you feel invincible. But for those of us who have been around the iron block before, we find ourselves in a rut more often than not.
Stalled progress, plateaus, and dead ends are a part of the process. They highlight our flaws, challenge our ways of doing things, and force us to get better. With a little science, savvy, and a whole lot of grit, you can and will reach new heights.
So let’s break down what goes wrong and how we can fix it to get back to growing our strength and muscles.