We all go to the gym for our own reasons, whether you want to gain weight (muscle weight, I would hope) or you’re trying to lose a couple pounds, we’re all primarily focused on getting fit and looking good. In order for us to achieve this it’s well known that we must work hard, eat good, and rest.
While you may be doing all these things you may be asking yourself where these results are. You’re dedicated, you’ve got good workouts, you’re eating good yet you still don’t see what you want.
I’ve put together 3 reasons why you might not be seeing results and what you can do about it starting today.
1. You’re Not Sleeping Enough
Regardless of the exercise you’re doing you are tearing muscle fibers. This tearing of the muscle fibers is what allows us to grow bigger and stronger muscles. While you may have figured out how to successfully tear these fibers and feel sore the next day you must also realize sleep is essential for growth to occur.
While you sleep your body is in regeneration mode. It uses the precious hours of rest to rebuild all the muscle fibers you tore during your workout so they can grow stronger and bigger. If you don’t give your body the time it needs to fix itself you won’t be giving yourself the results you’re working hard for either.
It is recommend that we sleep 8-10 hours for optimal muscle growth (in other words, results) to occur. So if you want to grow, if you want those results, make sure you don’t forget sleep. Train hard but don’t be an ass to your body either by depriving it of sleep.
2. You Aren’t Focusing
(MMC) Mind-Muscle Connection. You may think working out is all physical, I mean you are trying to get physically fit here but it really isn’t all physical. The ability to move your muscles and contract them is entirely dependent of this Mind-Muscle Connection. The first step towards muscular contraction is a signal sent by the brain to your muscles telling them to flex, without this you can’t move.
When you’re lifting weights you shouldn’t be worried about anything else other than this connection. Don’t think about how much you’re lifting, don’t think about who’s looking or what you’re doing later, just focus on the muscle you’re trying to work on.
The more you can improve this communication between your brain and muscles the better you get at engaging all the fibers in the muscle you are working. So really the more muscle fibers ripped the more ripped you get as well.
3. You’re Not Switching It Up
Studies show that muscles take between 6-8 weeks in adapting to workout routines, so if you’re not switching it up you’re wasting time. There isn’t much else to say about this one because it’s simple and it makes perfect sense. If you’re doing the same workout for more than 3 months you’re no longer giving your body the challenge it needs to feel in order to get stronger.
Find new workouts, challenge your body, and stick to it. You don’t get smarter learning the same thing over and over again so don’t expect your muscles to get stronger doing the same thing every week.
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