Do you have goals? Do you want to be the best at something? Are you an athlete? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have probably encountered the struggle of not seeing any results, or not seeing the kind of results you would expect. This is inevitable, and it can really be discouraging. But alas, it is NOT the end of the world. We are elite – we can overcome! Things will constantly need to be changed and tweaked in order to keep excelling and progressing. The same old thing will only work for so long before you hit a ceiling. It’s at that point we hit the ceiling where our character gets revealed. You can either give up and settle for what you got, or you can plow through that ceiling and keep going onward and forward, attaining more and even better results and goals!
Ambition Athletics put out a very simple, motivating piece, called 4 Reasons You Aren’t Getting The Results You Want, and it’s nothing major, yet very awesome. It simply lists 4 crucial concepts on why you aren’t seeing the results you would expect, and what you can do to change that aspect and make progress. Here we go…
1. Your Diet Is Still Poor
A biggie! No matter what you do or how hard you train, you can NOT out-train a poor diet!! Having your diet in check is of the utmost importance, and can never be overlooked when on the road to aesthetic or physical success.
You can never underestimate the power of what you put in your body when you are trying to make a change. Whether it’s to make you leaner, have more energy throughout the day or to put on muscle, most people could easily make a few changes. I’ve decided that all bread is useless. Delicious? Sure. Beneficial? Not at all. Cereal=Junk. I don’t care what kind of heart healthy claims they make. Oh, so it’s not killing you? Awesome. That’s about it.
2. Doing The Same Thing As 5 Years Ago
You gotta keep things changin’ to keep things spicy. If you are doing the same shit over and over for years and years, no wonder you aren’t seeing anything new happen. Your body is a well-oiled machine, and adapts to almost everything. It MUST be shocked and surprised to spark new results…
So you got moderate results 5 years ago. What’s that saying about repeating the same thing over again and expecting a different result? Time to switch it up. Change the weight, change the reps or sets. Maybe you could train with more frequency such as 40 minutes three times a week instead of 1 hour two times a week. It could be that you need to train less. If you are hooked on doing an hour of cardio everyday and are unsatisfied with the result, change it up. Pick up the pace and do merely 20 minutes, of intervals.
3. Using Weights That Are Too Light
Excuse us please, but don’t be such a pussy!! Lifting heavy weights is essential for muscle growth and strength. Lifting light weights with light reps is fine and dandy for “toning” and for being a measly weakling, but ya gotta pick up the pace and the weight!
Come to think of it, if you aren’t lifting weights, start. That’s step one. If you already are, are you still using dumbbells between 5-25 lbs? Perhaps afraid to do fewer that 12 reps of an exercise at the risk of becoming muscle-bound and possibly injuring yourself with such a heavy weight (aka 2.5-5 lbs heavier than what you have done many times over the years)? If you want to step up your results it’s time to step up the weight.
4. Not Training Big Movements
Beach muscles are great, and they look nice, we know. But funcionally speaking, isolation exercises will not yield as good results as utilizing movements that incorporate and activate many muscles in one big, compound movement!
The days of training body parts are over! Sure if you are a bodybuilder then splitting up certain body parts and days to train them is fine. Truth is I know a lot of people that “work out” and not one of them actually wants to be or look like a bodybuilder. The solution? Stop training like one. Focus on training movements such as upper and lower body pushing and pulling, squatting, hinging, etc. Isolation of muscles is not only boring and less effective but also less time efficient. Training more muscles at one time makes you stronger, better coordinated and doesn’t waste time.
Thaz it, yo! Just a little fire-under-the-ass kinda piece from Gone Liftin’… cause we felt like it!