It takes a lot of courage and grit to make up your mind to take the bold step of changing the way you look and put your first step into the gym. The journey seems to be very long when you start calculating your BMI (Body Mass Index) on a regular basis. There are people who train their body or undertake body transformation programme only when they have some special occasions to attend. I wish they never run out of special occasions, so they never have to show their back to the gym. These are the lucky or not so lucky people who want to shed some pounds, but my point of discussion for today’s topic is for those people who have been working out since years and yet not gaining the shape they desire for.
People have been complaining that they have acquired enough strength to lift the iron but they fail miserably when it comes to flaunting their biceps. Probably one of the reasons for quitting. But, dude, if you’ve been working for more and more muscles but haven’t seen any gains, then these could be the possible reasons which are in the way of you and big muscles.
MISTAKE 1: You don’t eat enough
Big muscles and the right food have a strong correlation between them. It is very important to fuel your body with the right amount of nutrients. That includes fat, carbs, protein etc. If you don’t eat enough then your body can’t use the calories for repair and growth. You cannot build a house without a strong foundation. Calculate your calorie percentage, the way you plan your body mass index. Plan your meals.
MISTAKE 2: You don’t take enough rest or sleep
Less sleep is one of the main reasons for sore muscles. You need to recharge your body with the adequate amount of sleep for the complete recovery and growth of muscles. It has been advised and a proven fact that what you do in the gym doesn’t change if you don’t change what happens outside of it. Eight hours of sleep is a must.
MISTAKE 3: Your workout lacks diversity
If you are doing the same routine over and over again, then there’s a good chance you’ll hit a plateau. It is very important to bring different variations to your routine. Try different angles, exercises and loads to give the shock to your muscles. Don’t allow your mind to convince your muscles with the same set of repetitions.
MISTAKE 4: Not lifting heavy weights
Building muscles are equivalent to adding intensity to your workout. You cannot expect your biceps to grow only by lifting 20 pounds’ dumbbell. No matter how consistent you are, if you are not challenging yourself in your routine, you cannot build muscles. Push your grit for those 2 extra repetitions.
MISTAKE 5: You’re not drinking enough water
Drinking an adequate amount of water is easy, and there’s no excuse why you cannot do it. Water is an elixir of life and it is very important for you to keep your body rehydrated all the time. Just take a bottle wherever you go and keep sipping out of it throughout the day. You cannot train your muscles if you are not properly hydrated.
MISTAKE 6: You’re not training your legs
There’s nothing much to argue on this point. Leg training is hard, but essential for a well-developed physique. Squats are the building blocks of your upper body muscles. It also increases your bench strength. DO NOT SKIP THE LEG DAY.