When it comes to results everyone wants them in a blink of an eye. Combine that with fitness goals and you have the perfect massacre. Having a god-like physique is in the bucket lists of many. Money is not an issue as the fitness industry is worth more than USD 2 billion. People don’t give a second thought before shelling out money on fitness gear and supplements. The problem is that they are always in search for a magic pill, a shortcut in the hopes of avoiding the grind. A situation many opportunists take advantage of. However, the problems do have a solution and can be rectified for effective results.
You don't need to be an expert to reach a conclusion if one asks you why they are not making gains in the gym. It's often in front of you. Making gains in the gym is not an easy task but it isn’t impossible either. It's simple. You just have to do a few things in sequence and in harmony so that they fall in the right places and then your body takes care of the rest.
But that's the thing. No one has the patience. What people lack these days when it comes to making gains in the gym and in life is patience. People expect to get results after 5 minutes into their workout; they’ll expect sensational after 5 days they start a Facebook page. Life doesn't work that way and the sam goes with your body.
The gym ecosystem is full of distractions. You have the cacophonous music, the constant rumbling of people and of course a bunch of beauty queens. But that doesn't mean you should stray away from your goal. When you are in the gym, take it as a task. Set goals and make plans to achieve them. The workout is a plan. The physique you want is a goal. And every time you stray away from your plan, you delay your progress that eventually delays your results. Be focused. See your goal in front of you and do whatever it takes to get it. If you have to superset two workouts? Do it. If you need to squat 10 sets in a row? Do it. Just do it.
Of all the gym crimes, being lazy is one of the worst. You are in a place where you sculpt yourself into a Greek god/goddess. You work your guts out here, not sit on a bench and post a selfie on Instagram making an orgy of hashtags and filters. That's what you do after an epic workout. You're inclined to run away from the hard work. Throwing the weights away as soon as you finish a set. You lack the passion and the vigour to make the most out of your workout. It is a place where you evolve into a better person. Do your sets, do your reps, respect the gym equipment, pay your dues, get out, rest. Period.
Same goes with nutrition. Nutrition is an important part of every sport. If you have to wake up at 2 AM to eat a meal, you've got to do it. If you have to leave out carbs from your diet, you ought to do it. There's nothing in between. It's either black or white. If you're not in it completely, you're wasting your time.
This is a major one. And quite an interesting one too. A major addition to the gyms these days other than EDM, are the love birds. They enjoy themselves, the people enjoy watching them and everyone goes home happy. But, believe me, or not this may be a major reason you are not making the gains you are aiming for.
Relationships are cool. You're lucky if you have found a person with whom you can connect with. Even better if that person is your workout partner too. But there are certain distractions that stop you from giving 100 % to your workout. You have to change the weight accordingly, you need to adjust the exercises accordingly, the intensity may vary between you and your partner and last but not the least, you have the moral obligation to stick to your workout partner. Regardless, if you can avoid certain distractions and minimise unproductive activities, there's is nothing wrong with having your partner as a workout partner as long as it doesn't hinder your goals. But one needs to prioritise.
I can't emphasise the importance of this pointer. Making improvements is not an easy and quick task. All those 30-day challenges you see on the internet are a bunch a scams set up to rake in the moolah. Quality transformations are not made in 30 days. They take months and years of hard work and commitment. It takes sincerity and a decent work ethic to make bring change in you. The interesting fact is that the change is physical as well as mental. But the key is to be patient. Interestingly, patience is a quite rare skill these days.
People want instant results. They start a Facebook page, they want to be an instant social media icon. They start a business, they want instant profits and worldwide recognition. They join a gym and expect twenty-two-inch arms in a week. It's a game of patience. Be consistent and gains will reward you. Steroids are not the answer to gains. Steroids won't do a thing if you don't work your butt off in the gym.
You're are simply not resting. Resting is as important to gains as the workout or nutrition. Usually, people don't rest and neglect it, which is a major contributor delayed results. As we know the lifestyle patterns are changing and sleeping 3-4 hours is trending now more than ever. Be it office work, academics, weekend parties or just sleeping late in general. Sleep is when our bodies recover from the day's labour. It's an integral part of our day. Without proper rest, our bodies can't make the repairs needed in the muscles and help them grow. It's really common sense. You break the muscle in the gymnasium. You eat to provide fuel. Now it's time to provide ample rest so that it could heal and become stronger. There’s no other way to explain this. Sleep to grow! Simple.
You can't leave this one behind. You simply can't gain muscle mass unless you eat right. You need to eat the right foods to grow. That, of course, depends upon your goal whether you want to cut down or gain additional muscle mass. But regardless, you need to select your food options and eating habits wisely in order to achieve your goals, whatever they may be. Most of the times people are unaware of what to eat and what not. Other times, they just simply don't care. Following a diet is difficult. But that is where it makes the difference. How much are you willing to sacrifice? It all boils down to how bad do you want it?
Feeding the body all the macronutrients is necessary. Macronutrients are proteins, carbs and fats. Fats refer to the healthy fats, which are medium chain triglycerides like mono - unsaturated fats and poly - unsaturated fats. Protein content is usually high as it is the building block of the muscle tissue. Carbs are adjusted according to goals. Along with macronutrients, micronutrients are important as well. Minerals and Vitamins like Zinc, Magnesium, Chloride, Manganese, B vitamins, Vitamin A, Niacin, Folic acid etc. are equally vital for optimum bodily function.
If you have some more precious time to spare, we would like to know which particular thing helped you the most in this article. Whatever be it- a step, a tip or a paragraph, kindly mention it in the below-section.