When you’re going to the gym all the time but you can’t seem to be getting the results that you want there could be a few things standing in your way. You want to see actual results if you’re going to be putting in the work! Right?
Here are a few things that I’ve noticed that might be the reason you are not getting the results you want in the gym.
1. You Are Not Eating Enough
Our bodies need a certain number of calories a day to function properly and at an optimal level. If you are not consuming enough calories a day, especially on days you workout, your body could be feeding off your muscles for more energy if the calories are not there. You need to eat more to provide your body enough energy and fuel for muscle growth. It helps to know what your macronutrients are going into a health diet and exercise plan. This way you can be certain about the quality of calories you are taking in per day that are helping in your muscle growth.
2. You’re Not Lifting Heavy Enough
I say this only because I don’t see people pushing themselves that often in the gym. Remember that time under tension helps the muscle grow. This term is a commonly used in any strength and conditioning or bodybuilding fields. In short, time under tensions just refers to how long the muscle is under strain during a set. A typical set of 10 repetitions for an average lifter will take anywhere from 15-25 seconds depending on lifting speed. Lifting heavy is one of the best ways to stimulate muscle growth. If you are not challenging your body each and every workout with either higher weight or more reps, you will not put on as much muscle as you would like to.
3. You Haven’t Been Training Long Enough
It’s typical when people try something for a couple weeks and don’t see the results they want to just give up on it. You can’t just get six-pack abs or put on 10 pounds of muscle overnight. Progress takes time and consistently. The combination of eating clean, challenging yourself every workout and going to the gym often WILL result in progress. You just have to be patient. One of my vary favourite examples of this is how Usain Bolt trains for 4 years at a time for that one moment at the Olympic Games when he runs the 100m for only 9-10 seconds. All that effort and training for that result so far down the road. Now that is ultimate dedication to the process.
4. Your Diet Isn’t What You Think
When it comes down to it, food is fuel. What you put into your body will either help you or hurt you. If you aren’t seeing the changes you’d like to be seeing, your diet is a good place to start. Lean proteins, veggies and complex carbs are a good staple in any healthy diet. Consult a professional on the matter if you want to do it right!
5. You’re Measuring Your Progress Wrong
Progress is progress, no matter how little or large. If you want to gain 10 pounds of muscle, but have only gained 6 pounds so far you are still on track of doing something right. Just be patient, keep working at it and stick to your plan because the hard work will pay off. Progress shouldn't be measured in numbers anyway, its measured in how you feel and if your health is improving.
6. You Are Not Recovering Between Your Workouts
Sometimes being in the gym too much can be bad for your body. If you are overtired in the gym the chances for injury will significantly increase, so it is important to take rest days for your body to recover. That way you can go ALL OUT in the gym your next workout and see maximum results. Above all, it is important to listen to your body and go by how you feel. Put house in at the gym but get some good sleep, quality calories and get an athletic massage once in a while. Your body will thank you!