May 31, 2016 Oonagh


So today I’m going to tell you what to do when you ‘plateau.’

I’m going:

  • tell you why it happens

  • Give you a game plan to get over your plateau and start seeing results again.

First of all-

Let’s define the difference between a Maintenance phase and a Plateau:

A Maintenance phase is when you are feeling pretty good about your body and your fitness and you aren’t driving towards a particular goal (like weight loss). Instead, you are maintaining your fitness through regular exercise and good nutrition that’s become normal for you and it feels good.

A plateau is when you’ve achieved a certain amount of fitness success and it seems that it all of a sudden what you are doing stops working. It was working  – great. And then what was magic at first starts to bring diminishing returns and then it feels like you are busting your butt and getting no where.

Basically – a plateau sucks.

And here’s why it happens. You are ignoring the principal of Progressive Overload. The principal of Progressive Overload states that:

If you want to see continued improvement, you need to continually challenge yourself. 

Now I know you are thinking


but seriously – let this sink in:


So now you might be feeling kind of frustrated or overwhelmed because you are thinking I’m busting my butt- how can I challenge myself more?

It’s actually pretty simple. There are 4 variables we can play with to progress our workouts and our nutrition program. In this infographic,  I’ll go through them one by one.

By the end, you should have a pretty good plan for how to bust out of your plateau!

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If you really want to bust out of your plateau, consider signing up for my online 28 Day Transformation Challenge.  See why 99% of past participants said  ‘This Program changed my life”.

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Fitness Expert, 2014 &2015 Canfitpro Pro Trainer of the Year, Founder of Fit Feels Good Bootcamps & Fit Feels Good Education. Mum to two wonderful boys.


  1. Cathy Hoffman 2 years ago

    Loved the articles this week Oonagh; great pictures and information!

    • Author
      Oonagh 2 years ago

      Thanks, Cathy! Glad you found it useful!

  2. Tara Lynne Franco 2 years ago

    This is super helpful Oonagh! Will try to shake things up a bit.

    • Author
      Oonagh 2 years ago

      Awesome, Tara Lynne! 🙂

  3. Fiona 10 months ago

    Superhelpful breakdown and some great tips. Thanks!

    • Author
      Oonagh 10 months ago

      No problem, Fiona – glad you found it helpful!

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