5 Reasons Why You’re Not Building Muscle

5 Reasons Why You’re Not Building Muscle

Bodybuilding isn’t an easy sport. Many people give up working out before they see any results. These people either blame their genetics for their inability to build muscle or throw out the “too busy to workout” excuse.

While bodybuilding can be hard, it is not rocket science. If you do all the things right, you will be on your way to building your dream physique. These could be the 5 reasons why you’re not building muscle mass.

1. You’re A Hardgainer

If you’ve not been able to build muscle mass, there could be chances you’re a hardgainer. It can be more difficult for a hardgainer to build muscle mass because of a variety of reasons which we will discover in this article.

You might start out skinny but you can pack on considerable muscle by breaking out of the hardgainer hell by following tips mentioned in this article. Don’t let being a hardgainer be an excuse for taking it easy in the gym.

2. Your Muscles Have Adopted To Your Workouts

Many people have the habit of the following the same workouts. Although doing this could be convenient but it will hurt your gains in the long run. In order to build muscle, you need to constantly shock your muscles.

Change your exercises every 2-3 weeks to see optimal gains. If you have a problem coming up with new exercises, you could follow one of the training programs available for free online or hire a trainer to design a personalized training program for you.

3. Your Diet is Not on Point

Depending on your body weight and your goals, your body needs macro and micronutrients to grow. If you’re not meeting your daily required nutrition goals, you will not see any progress.

If your goal is to build muscle, you should be consuming two grams of protein per pound of bodyweight to see results. For eg – if you weigh 70 lbs, you should be taking 140 grams of protein every day. If you don’t know how to make your diet plan, take the help of a professional.

4. Lack of Recovery

No matter how hard you workout, you won’t see results until your body recovers from your workouts. You don’t build muscle in the gym. Your muscles break down when you lift weights. Your muscles grow when you’re in deep sleep.

You need anywhere between 6-8 hours of sleep every night to recover from your workouts. Joint pains and prolonged muscle soreness are a sign of lack of recovery. Supplements can be an effective way to recuperate from your workouts.

5. Indiscipline

Bodybuilding is a sport which needs military-like discipline in all respects. You need to follow a regime with your training, diet, and rest. Following a program is the best and the fastest way to reach your goals.

You should follow a schedule for your workouts and diets. You should hit the gym at the same time every day because doing this will help your body respond better to your workouts. By being inconsistent with your training, diet, and rest, you are leaving gains on the table.

Are you a hardgainer?

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Almost certainly it’s your diet. And it’s not about just eating loads of protein, it’s about eating loads of calories.
    If you’re a hardgainer you just have to eat more, so diet is still the reason. No matter how much your muscles adapt to your workouts, if you keep working them and you keep eating a calorie surplus and sufficient protein they’ll grow and indiscipline really just means you’re not sticking to your diet. The recovery point yes is valid but sooner or later if you don’t recover your body will force you to and you’ll see your muscles grow more when you’re injured than you did in the gym.
    Most likely cause is you’re not eating enough.

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