The half bodyweight press is a tough goal and can take years to get. Last September I decided I would make it my sole focus to press 40kg before the end of the year.
I spent literally a couple of days writing the program that would get me there. I took into account everything; intensity, volume, frequency, recovery, the lot. It was perfect.
6 weeks in however I started getting a bit of a niggle in my left shoulder, I tried to work through it, but it just got worse. I had to take two weeks off pressing altogether, which was a nightmare, but I used that time to figure out what was wrong with my 'perfect' program. I made some changes, dropped some volume and increased the intensity. The end of the year came though, and because of my set backs I was no where near my goal.
The new program worked well however, I was definitely getting stronger, but by the end of January I started to plateau. Again I sat down and looked at my program and made some changes to really focus on my weaknesses. This really helped and I knew I was getting close.
Now I'm quite strong and I'm good at what I do, but there are people who have already done what I am wanting to do. So I reached out and asked for some advice from a great strength coach. He gave me a couple of tips and 2 weeks later I pressed 40kg on both my right and left hand.
It also took me 3 months longer than I wanted, but once that kettlebell went up do you think I cared?
3 months may sound like a long time, but in the grand scheme of things it really isn't.
There are no unrealistic goals, only unrealistic deadlines
If you stop losing weight on your diet or gaining strength with your program, don't give up or try to find a better program. A lot of times it's the small changes that make the big differences. Hoping from one diet to another will never provide you with long term fat loss and maintenance.
I believe Optimum Nutrition is the easiest, most successful and most enjoyable diet for fat loss and maintenance, but if you are struggling with something or you think things aren't working, get in touch and we can work together to locate the problem and find the solution.
Sorry I've waffled on about myself a lot today, but hopefully you can take something from my experience.