Stuck In A Fitness Rut

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    May 06, 2015 11:12 PM GMT
    I've been going to the gym for the past few weeks and though I've made progress in some areas, it came to a point where I just found myself doing the same thing and became bored.

    I made it 575 lbs. on the Smith Squat rack, but after learning that the Smith was overall an abysmal machine to use, I deemed my goal of squatting my body weight "fraudulent". At that, I moved on to barbell squats where I'm somewhat able to squat in the 185-200 lbs. and working towards my body weight, which shifts every now and then (247-250). I made it to 800 lbs. on the squat press, but decided to leave that and machines alone permenantly (never really knew if I acquired much from the squat press or if pressing 800 proves anything) and just did barbell squats for overall legs and other muscles.

    For upper body, lately, I just do freemotion chest press (160-170 out of 200 lbs.), low rows (max 20 lbs. as said on the weights), and lat pulls (18-20 lbs. close grip, 14-15 lbs. wide grip. I've done freemotion concentration curls, but that was when I realized I was kinda in it. Lastly, I just run/jog on the treadmill (speed 5.0-7.0)for a few minutes before heading home, though my performance could improve.

    Is there a way to switch it up? I was working toward losing belly fat and becoming toned (as far as research goes I'm "builtfat"), but will have to improve my subpar diet, so I'm aware of that. There was also enhancing arms, pectorals, legs/glutes, physical strength, and running speed, so I was all over the place when I began working out again.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 07, 2015 12:49 AM GMT
    That is the exact same problem I had with my workout routine. It became monotonous and I wasn't making any gains. This is why I haven't been to the gym in a couple of years. I feel like I am throwing money away. That is why I remain undecided on joining a gym and pumping iron again. In addition, the strict diets do not agree with me.
  • DJEsco_

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    May 08, 2015 1:17 PM GMT
    Go to bodybuilding.com and look up different exercises for different muscle groups? Id mix cardio in there too just so you can experience different things. I had to incorporate some basketball a few months back because I got bored with my routine at the gym.
  • Destinharbor

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    May 08, 2015 4:27 PM GMT
    I relaxed about what went into my routine when I realized every exercise is working something. So I hit the major upper body exercises at least once a week but then I surround them with a different mix of more targeted exercises every day. The schedule is on a 4 day rotation so that means the majors are being worked about 1 1/2 time per week on average (allowing for a couple of days off here and there whenever I'm just not feeling it) and the exercises working collateral muscles get hit maybe once/week.

    I think you're just experiencing a maturity point in working out that you need to rethink. You can't raise all your numbers every two weeks forever. No one can. Start thinking of some of it as maintenance and focus on areas where you'd like to see improvement. Gym is a long haul thing Don't take the fun out of it because you think you "should" be doing something. That's counter-productive.