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3 Reasons Why You’re Not Seeing Results

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

During sleep HGH (Human Growth Hormone) reaches peak levels throughout the body. Take advantage of  this by sleeping and let the body recover.

During sleep HGH (Human Growth Hormone) reaches peak levels throughout the body. Take advantage of this by sleeping and let the body recover.

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

Don't underestimate the power of your mind to grow your muscles.

Don’t underestimate the power of your mind to grow your muscles.

(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

If your workout is becoming to bore you mentally it could most likely be due to the fact that your body is also bored.

If your workout is becoming to bore you mentally it could most likely be due to the fact that your body is also bored.

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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If You’re A Girl You Should Be Doing These Workouts

SQUATS. I see it all over the internet, all over social media, and even at the gym. Has anyone else noticed this hype over squats this past year or is it just me? You know what I’m talking about, it usually consists of a sexy model, Nike gym gear, a nice “gluteus maximus”, and a super inspirational quote. While for guys they serve more as eye candy, I really think these pictures have motivated girls to go sign up for a gym membership and squat their lives away. While squats are awesome and anyone who takes fitness seriously should be doing them, girls shouldn’t just focus on doing squats. So here are the workouts I think all girls hitting the gym should be doing.

1. Calf Raises

-So easy to do, so many different ways of hitting them, and you don’t even need a gym. Squatting has got you covered when it comes to the top half of your legs but if you’re not working out calves you’re missing out on the entire bottom half. Check out this YouTube video and learn how to do them.

women should do calf raises

2. Back Extension

-The lower back is extremely important when it comes to up upper body strength and good posture. Just like guys are told to have a good posture I feel the same applies for girls. Walking around with a hunched over back is not attractive.  While the most effective way to hit this muscle is by using a hyper-extension machine you can still work the muscle at home. Click here to see how to do these.

back extension machine

girl lower back extension

3. Oblique Knee Raise

-You can do all the ab workouts you want but if you’re trying to lose fat or gain muscle right above your hips, crunches won’t take you very far. I chose the Oblique Knee Raise because it’s one of my personal favorites, I don’t see very many people doing them, and it hits the shoulders if done in the dip position. Working out the obliques most importantly helps develop the V- Cut everybody wants. If you don’t have access to a gym check out the at home Oblique Crunch.

oblique crunch at home

obliques knee raise

4. Deadlifts

-If you want nice legs you have to deadlift! Again, squats will work your glutes and quadriceps but you can’t forget about the hamstrings. While I’ve seen some girls deadlift at gyms I don’t think enough girls are doing them. This is one of those workouts that sounds and looks intense but you can always choose the amount of weight. Deadlifts not only hit the hamstrings effectively but they work almost every muscle in your leg simultaneously. On top of that deadlifts work your abs, obliques, traps, and shoulders at the same time. Check out this video to learn these.

girl deadlifting hamstrings

5. Skull Crusher’s

-Once again this workout may sound a little too intense but it really isn’t and everyone should be doing these. I find this to be one of the most effective tricep workouts and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a girl do this at the gym. It’s easy to learn, the amount of weight is up to you, and really blasts the triceps. Check out this video to learn the proper form.

skull crushers girls

So those are the 5 five workouts I think girls should be doing on top of squatting. Hope you found this informative and if you have any questions leave a comment down below!

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