There are some regulars at my gym that have been going for months or years, and after all this time they still look the same..and then there are those people at the gym that look radically different after just several months.
If you’re one of those people that isn’t noticing change and results, there are 2 big things that you should be considering:
1. NUTRITION. It makes all the difference. it doesn’t matter how hard you work if you don’t eat right and get a good balance of carbs, proteins, and fats. Your body needs the right amount to grow. All the people at the gym that have experienced dramatic results in a relatively short amount of time have one thing in common: they eat right.
2. ROUTINE. Your actual workout routine obviously has an impact on your muscle development or fat loss. If you do the same thing week in, week out with minimal or no results, it’s clearly time to change what you’re doing to stimulate your body into growth. Some people complain about hitting “plateaus” - the point where you can no longer get any progress. Here’s the thing..there is such thing as a plateau. But it is more accurately described as your “peak.” That is the point where you have reached the limits and potential of fitness or muscle development. And while everyone can only go so far on their natural genetics (barring the use of steroids, growth hormone, etc), 99% of us will never get there. So really, your plateau isn’t a plateau. It’s just a speed bump. And in order to get over these speed bumps, there are plenty of things you could try, such as:
-Changing your exercises
-Increasing weight over time (progressive overload) - this is how you build muscle.
-Decreasing rest time between sets
-Adding in drop sets, negatives, super sets, or rest-pauses.
if you do the same thing every week, you body will adapt to it, and you will stop getting any progress. You have to keep challenging yourself and find new ways to tear apart your muscles.
Running water never grows stale. So you just have to ‘keep on flowing.’