4 Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results in the Gym
Are you working out but not seeing the type of results you were expecting? Maybe you are seeing positive results but not quite as quickly as you initially hoped. There are several possible reasons as to why you have yet to develop bulging biceps, shed that unwanted body fat, or obtain washboard abs. Here are 4 common reasons:
Your diet sucks.
Everyone knows that losing weight, building muscle, and improving overall health takes consistent exercise and a healthy diet. It’s weird though how many people are not willing to give up their fast food, junk food, and soda in order to reach their goals. If you seriously want to see results in the gym you’re going to need to make some sacrifices. These sacrifices might include not drinking a Coke for lunch every day, avoiding the fast food drive through late at night when you’re too tired to prepare your own food, or simply choosing not to purchase junk food while you’re at the grocery store.
Before you head to the grocery store you should make a list of all the healthy foods you plan on buying and then stick to the list. Don’t venture off and get Zebra Cakes! Now I’m not saying you can’t ever eat anything unhealthy. A good diet is one you can sustain. So treat yourself every once in a while but do a better job of laying off the crap.
You do the same workout every time
Your body gets used to exercise. In order to receive the best results in the gym you need to occasionally switch up your routine. If you’re doing the same routine day in and day out your strength and cardio levels will eventually plateau. I don’t necessarily mean like the random workout every day model that CrossFit follows.
Make sure you’re keeping things fresh. Your program should follow a planned progression of exercises, sets, repetitions, tempos, and rest intervals. Sound confusing? Well as a personal trainer, that’s what I’m here for!
You’re workouts are inconsistent
If you’re someone who is always cancelling, rescheduling, or showing up late to sessions you fall under this category. Think about your goals? Is you main goal just to stay healthy, or is it to lose 30 pounds? Losing 30 pounds is not an easy task by any means. It takes a consistent and determined effort to accomplish a goal like that.
Far too often I encounter people whose level of determination simply does not match their desire for success. Also, I don’t believe in the excuse, “I don’t have time.” You have time to check Facebook, watch TV, surf YouTube videos. You just need to prioritize and put your health first.
You’re not working hard enough
Ok, so maybe you are currently working out 3 times a week and maintaining a pretty decent diet. Well I would ask you what your workouts look like. If you think going for a walk or doing a couple upper body exercises on the cable machines is going to get you the body you want then you need to reevaluate some things.
You simply need to work harder! There are so many different ways you can create a tougher workout. Increase the load every set with a particular exercise. Lower the rest intervals between sets. Add 2 reps to every set you do. Do workouts for time and try to beat your fastest recorded time. The possibilities are endless but you need to be willing to put forth the extra effort. Trust me it will be worth it in the end because hard work truly does pay off!
If reading this post has got you thinking I want you to know that I am here to help. Maybe one of these sections from above describes you perfectly, or maybe there are some other reasons you are not getting results and you have no clue what those are. No matter who you are or what your goals consist of I’m confident that I can help you!