Even with all the motivation in the world to achieve your fitness goals, you may still feel like you are not gaining the desired strength or losing the fat that you want. You may feel progress slowing or simply stalling. Progressing in the gym and getting strong is a balancing act.
1. Workout structure & program hopping:
Stop doing random workouts! And stop changing programs frequently or before they’re finished. Programs will entail different forms of periodization and are made to stress the muscular and neural system enough for a calculated adaptation without leading to burnout.
2. Poor progressive overload planning:
The way a body gets stronger is through progressive overload, and the adaptation to adequate stress frequently applied to it. Workout programs are setup to overload the body in a calculated way. Maybe you’re not getting stronger because the way you’re progressively overloading isn’t ideal for your body, current training state, or you’re trying to change too many variables at once.
3. Inadequate rest & recovery:
Stressing your body with training is a good thing only if you allow your body ample rest as well. It’s when you rest, that your muscles grow, strengthen & adapt to training.
To get the right amount of muscle hypertrophy from your efforts in the gym, you need to give your body the right kind of fuel — at maintenance levels or a slight calorie surplus. It’s required to get to the next level and get through a brutal workout.
5. Inadequate sleep:
Of all the variables to getting stronger, sleep is numero uno. Without it, all of the stress and work you’re putting in the gym isn’t being optimized. Muscle growth and fat burning occur during your sleep.
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