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There is nothing more frustrating than a lack of progress.
Many lifters feel as if they are training hard but they are not seeing the fruits of their labor. This feeling of going nowhere fast can even demoralize the lifters who are mentally tough.
The fastest way to change your situation is not start feeling sorry for yourself.
The fastest way to make progress is to look in the mirror and be honest with yourself. Ask the person looking back at you, “Am I doing everything I can to make progress?”
The whole point of training is to get great results.
There are 4 reasons why you are getting no results from working out. They are:
Reason 1) Your Training Program Is Fake Hustle
The great Mark Jackson said it best. “Ain’t nothing worse than fake hustle!”
What does fake hustle look like?
• Avoiding the difficult compound movements.
• Performing half/quarter reps or using poor form with too much weight.
• When you are in the corner taking selfies during the majority of the workout.
• Training with no intensity and no purpose.
• Charlatan trainers and coaches who are not teaching you how to properly lift. They instead opting to train you with flashy moves or exercises that have NO VALUE.
When your training is fake hustle you should not be surprised when you have a fake hustle body. How can you expect to earn real results from working out when you train with no intensity, purpose, or passion?
The great thing is that there is a cure for fake hustle. When you put your focus on making progressive gains in strength, reps, or training density you will eliminate the fake hustle.
By focusing on progression, your physique will change accordingly with the constant challenges.
Without a challenge, there is no reason for your body to change.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable if you want to build a physique where no one will ever ask you if you even lift.
Reason 2) The Majority Of What You Eat Is Garbage
Working out is important but the second reason many lifters are seeing no results is largely ignored.
Frank Zane said it best: “Junk food builds a junk body.”
If you are constantly filling your body up with junk the majority of the time, your physique, and your performance will never be maximized.
In order to get and stay lean, 80-90 percent of your food intake should come from whole, nutritious foods.
Carbs like rice and vegetables.
Proteins like lean ground turkey or chicken breasts.
Fats like olive or coconut oil.
When whole foods are the majority of what you eat you will carry less body fat.
The other 10-20 percent of the time you can have your chocolate chip cookies. You can have your cake.
If you are training hard and eating correctly the majority of the time, these treats will not have a huge effect on your physique unless you spend the whole dang day in Sugartown.
I tell trainees new to the Fit Life that it helps initially to track your foods too.
This is not something you have to do forever, but it helps at the start so that you can actually see what foods that you are consuming.
If you do not know what is coming in, it will be much harder to make adjustments.
I used a notebook first and then switched to My Fitness Pal to track my foods during my first natural bodybuilding run.
Reason 3) Your Recovery Stinks
Studies show that the average American sleeps about 6.8 hours per night but how many folks do you know who sleep even less than that?
I could name you three folks right now without even thinking about it!
If you are only sleeping 3-5 hours a night then there is no way that you can maximize your performance. And if your performance is weak, your physique will be weak as well.
We all lead hectic lives at times with our family and work demands but making time to get some sleep is critical to your daily function.
If you are unable to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night than taking a power nap at some point throughout the day can boost your energy levels tremendously.
Think of your body like a cell phone.
When your cell phone is charged up all the way it works very smooth. The apps open quickly, you have no issues using it, and the performance is spectacular!
But when your cell phone is constantly at 30 or 40 percent it does not work as effectively. The performance decreases noticeably and the quality fades like a boxer fighting past his prime.
The same rules apply for your body. A low battery leads to a performance that leaves much to be desired.
Many men complain of low testosterone affecting their sexual health.
Yes, it is true that testosterone drops as we age, but you really cannot know how you truly are operating if your sleep quality is not optimal.
Cancel the appointments to the doctor and put the LibidoMax 2000 pills down for a second. Try getting some consistent, proper sleep to recharge your battery first!
Stress can also drain your battery.
The more negative energy you give to the little things in life that do not matter (somebody takes your parking spot etc) the less energy you have for the things that actually matter like your health.
If you are stressed out all the time then you will also struggle with seeing progress.
Stress has a snowball effect on everything you do in life. When we are stressed out we tend to make poor decisions.
By reducing the number of stressors in your life you will lead not only just a better overall life, but you will be much more effective with your training.
Reason 4) Your Attitude Needs An Adjustment
The above 3 reasons are important but having the right attitude about what you need to do is paramount.
A lousy attitude is one of the most common reasons why many lifters get no results from working out.
Let’s say we have 2 trainees.
Bonnie Basic has a basic training program, a basic coach, and a basic nutrition plan.
There is nothing stand out about what she is doing except that Bonnie has the attitude of a pure winner. She is committed to attaining her goals.
On the other hand, we have Sabrina Showtime.
She has the most advanced training program on the planet.
Her nutrition plan is tailored to her body type and her training schedule.
Her coach is world-renowned for getting results.
But her attitude stinks. She constantly complains of being tired, the weight on the bar being too heavy, not seeing results, or just flat-out not wanting to be there training.
Who will see better results?
Bonnie without a doubt. Why?
When you have a winning attitude and you focus on making progress you can make gains with any training program. But it all comes down to your approach.
If you approach changing your physique with passion and pride it will happen.
If you approach changing your physique as if it is a chore that you really do not want to do, then you have already lost the battle even if you have the advantages of Sabrina Showtime.
The 4 reasons why you are not seeing results from working out does not have to be your reality.
Train harder, eat better, sleep more, reduce your stress, and adopt a winning attitude. These changes will make all of the difference in the world.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer