A true fitness buff's work is never over. After all, graduating to the next level of athletic achievement means increasing the difficulty of every workout to keep your muscles challenged, including building the amount of weight you lift. But how do you know when the time is right to set aside those five-pound dumbbells in favor of heftier seven-pound kettlebells? According to founder of Surf Yoga Beer and Master SoulCycle Instructor Mantas Zvinas, there are a few key clues to look out for as you make your way to Olympian status. Read on to discover the signs that mean you're ready to take the next step in your fitness routine.
According to Zvinas, the simplest sign that it's time to challenge your body is a lack of anaerobic activity. "When teaching BootYcamp or SoulCycle classes, I ask my students to always look for moments of losing the breath, pushing to failure and knowing if you have more to give," Zvinas reveals. "If you don't hit any of those moments, it is a good sign that it's time to step it up."
If you've been going to the same Spin class for years or only using five-pound weights, it may be time to shake things up. While Zvinas recommends his own SYB BootYcamp as an exciting new challenge for those in a workout rut, the trainer states that any new class that works different muscles with different weights will provide results.