Peaks – Valleys – Plateaus

For most people involved in the Martial Arts, it becomes a lifestyle, and a powerful personal self development program.

Many of us like to train hard year round, and push ourselves to higher levels of skill, conditioning and achievement, in and out
of the school.

It’s part of being a successful achiever. We will all have times that we are at a peak …mentally, physically
and emotionally.

Especially after we achieve a big goal, like a rank promotion, or when we are feeling really great and making strong gains in our progress.

We all would like to be able to stay at this peak level on
a consistent basis.

However, for most people, there will occasionally be challenges and obstacles that can cause us to level off a bit, and sometimes it even feels like we are sliding backwards.

These are known as the valleys & plateaus of
training cycles.

Injuries, distractions or other setbacks can occur that will occasionally create these temporary stalls in progress. The sooner you understand this process, the faster you will get back into a positive, progressive direction.

Plateaus can be used as a short term, temporary resting spot. Maybe it’s a maintenance training period or even a planned and
deserved recharge.

Peaks – Valleys – Plateaus.Everyone experiences these natural processes somewhere in the course
of their training.

The goal is to create as many peak cycle periods as possible and plan out your rest and maintenance periods. Good habits, a positive mindset and proper planning will allow you to minimize the setbacks that can cause the valleys of despair and discouragement.

Maximize the PEAKS –
Minimize the VALLEYS!