Progress in the gym is never in a straight line. There are times when you will crush your workouts and make big gains. Then there are moments when you and the barbell collide and everything comes to a standstill because you finally hit a "plateau".
The dreaded training plateau is when progress stalls no matter what you do or try. If you've been lifting for a while, you most likely have had an experience. The trick is to find a way to break you through without resorting to silly or dangerous things, like squats on an exercise ball.
If you are currently experiencing a training plateau, there is light at the end of the training tunnel. The following three methods have been around for a while because they work. Maybe they're not as sexy as a huge amount of weight, but if you bend over after that, you'll be satisfied.