Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pushing past the plateau for men?

My poor husband is about to enter onederland but he's stuck at 203 and can't seem to get past it. I asked him this morning how long it's been and he said about 10 days. I can usually mess around with his calories a little and break him through but this time it's not working.

I think it's time for him to start lifting weights and I think it would be best for his schedule to do some free weights at home at least to start. He has access to the machines at the gym but has trouble changing it up because he doesn't know enough about it.

Anyone have any ideas on setting up a routine for him at home? I haven't done any research yet but I thought I'd put it out there for the asking. Maybe even something we could do together! I thought about exploring some DVD's or FitTV or something like that. We have free weights and a ball. I might try to get him to do BL Yoga but the poor thing is not at all flexible.

Boys are still a mystery to me. I never had any brothers so I'm kind of hopeless when it comes to knowing anything about them :)


  1. have you been doing body-weight resistance stuff? my husband really likes to do push-ups because he's seeing his prograss so fast (from 5 to 100 push-ups in two months because he's a man and they can do that shit). i'm the same way with sit-ups. also, i think men's health magazine online has a bunch of, you know, like, STUFF. about menfolk and their strange, strange bodies.

  2. Have you tried Sparkpeople? They'll set up a workout for him at his level with pictures and clear instructions.

    I do think weights are the right solution though. That 200 pound barrier takes some extra umph to cross over.

  3. To get past a weight loss plateau, working out is an absolute must do! As a personal trainer, I'd recommend he start out with bodyweight exercises. I can put anyone through an intense workout using no equipment at all, regardless of their ability. Another bonus is he can do the workout at home without having to buy equipment. My husband is a personal trainer and professional athlete as well and I'm sure he'd be really interested in helping your hubby out!

  4. Poor guy - I didn't think men had plateau issues like women (this based on watching my husband when he "cuts back"). Don't have any advice, but he's got my sympathy!

  5. definitely definitely weights.

    thats the answer.

    (not that I have a strong opinion or anything :))

    you know whereto find me if you have ??s/

  6. If he adds in weights, he (being a guy) will see results fast! So fast that you, and we, will be jealous and grumble about how men have it so easy.

    He's lucky to have such a supportive wife :)