I'd settle for a plateau.
July 28, 2012 7:40 AM Subscribe
Three months into boot camp, suddenly weaker than ever. Wha?
posted by mykescipark to health & fitness (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So, I've been enrolled in one of those outdoor "boot camp"-style fitness programs for the last 13 weeks. Six days a week, one hour a day, of explosive movements, sprints, intervals, quick-response drills with weights and without, variable terrain runs and crawls (beach / street / grass). Much to my surprise, I love it. It's ass-kicking stuff, it gets me out of bed bright and early, and I always leave dripping, drained, and swimming in endorphins.
For the first 6-8 weeks I was improving like a rock star. In the past two weeks, though, I feel as if I've actually gotten weaker: my 6:10 mile is down to 6:25, I can barely make it through 25 pushups, and I'm feeling stiffer and less flexible. (Although I can still hold a five-minute plank, and my core strength feels about the same.) What gives? Is this something that just happens when you're operating at such a high level of intensity over a long period of time? And should I expect it to turn around again at some point?
Data: 35yo male, natural body type between a mesomorph and an endomorph. My (mostly clean) diet hasn't changed; I'm still stretching and getting the same amount of sleep; but I am a bit more stressed lately due to life changes around work and income.