What's the best way of overcoming plateaus in strength athletes routines? Most of them change the routine up, do supporting exercises to their main ones for better muscle fibre recruitement, and create different tensions on the muscles with different exercises. While this might work, isn't the basis of incresing strength to increase functional mass? in this case wouldn't SD work great to do so? note- im not a strength athlete and never been but i'm looking to get in on it and have been doing some reading up. so what is the best way to beat strength plateaus?