Powering through a Plateau

Whether it’s Jiu Jitsu, Crossfit or any other sport you participate in. There’s going to be a moment in time where you feel like you’ve plateaued. It’s when you you’re getting tapped out or your lifts don’t seem to be going up. This is normal, which I’m sure you’ve all heard. But the real secret is how to power through a plateau.

Whenever I hit a perceived plateau, I focus on one small thing to improve. As cliche as it sounds, if you get 1% better, every single day, you can’t help but be exponentially better when you look back. And that brings us to another point, when you’re on the ground level, you lose sight of the big picture. That’s because the incremental gains are loss through to the noise of the activity, but when you look back you’ll be able to see the progress.

So here’s how to power through a plateau, focus on one small improvement. If it’s jiu jitsu, work on one pass, one defense, one submission. If it’s lifting and you can’t get stronger on a particular lift, focus on another weak point and make an incremental improvement. Find something that you can get 1% better at, often that means some kind of accessory lift.