Reasons Why You’re Not Seeing Results
Many people join a gym to build muscle and grow bigger but most of them drop off the fit lifestyle after they don’t see the desired results. Building muscle is easier said than done, and this is why many people can’t make any progress.
Even though gyms see people from various walks of life, a majority of them fail for the same reasons. In this article, we’ll share with you the mistakes that could be holding you back.
Not Eating Enough
If you think you’re doing everything right but still aren’t seeing results, there’s a high probability that your diet is to be blamed. If you want to get big, you can’t do it without eating big.
No matter how hard you train in the gym, if your diet and recovery aren’t on point, you are going to be stuck in the same spot forever. Remember – you break muscle while you’re inside the gym and build them when you’re outside.
Overlooking the Hard Exercises
You probably know someone who only performs exercises they’re comfortable doing. These people call it a day when it’s time to perform hard compound exercises like squats, deadlifts or bench presses.
Machine exercises are easy but they won’t help much in your goal of adding muscle mass. To stimulate your muscles, you’ll have to step outside your comfort zone and try exercises with the potential for progressive overload.
Obsessed with the Details
There are no shortages of people who will tell you the “correct” way of performing an exercise. They’ll go as far as to tell you the direction your pinky finger should be pointing towards while performing the shoulder side lateral raises.
We urge you to stop obsessing about such minute details. Don’t take us wrong, we’re not saying that form doesn’t matter. All we’re saying is that tilting your hand by a degree isn’t going to make any difference.
Switching Training Too Often
In the age of the internet, many people want quick results. If they don’t see results, they change their training programs within a week. Anyone who develops a physique or level of strength worth admiration usually went through an evolution that molded their training into what it is today.
While you mustn’t let your muscles get used to your workouts, switching things up so often is not going to get you anywhere. You should learn and stick with the basic principles in your initial years.
Overtraining is one of the most misunderstood terms in the fitness industry. Many people avoid training to failure because they don’t want to overtrain their muscles. The truth is that most people are not capable of training with the intensity that is required to hit the overtraining state.
It won’t be wrong to say that training with brutally hard effort is a lost art. You should cultivate the mindset of training like it’s going to be the last set and rep of your life. Train with intent, go for PRs and you’ll see the results.
You Don’t Maintain A Journal
One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they don’t keep a training journal. Without a journal, it’s near impossible to remember how many sets and reps you performed in an exercise.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to keep a physical journal with you in the gym. You can use your phone’s notes app to jot down the number of sets and reps you performed, the weights you used and your feelings.