Many people workout, and go to the gym for a long time and do not see much improvement. Many more people join the gym after making their New Year’s resolutions and try to get quick results but many do not make it. Many people go often to the gym and they feel they are not getting the results equivalent to the amount of work they put in. Most of the time the new year’s resolutions people will drop out of their workout plan and go back to their old ways. The other kind who go to the gym often will either continue to go and look the same for the next few years or they will also eventually stop working out or they will run into someone with good advice who will change the way they look at working out and they will start seeing the error in their old routines.
- Why people do not see results after they have been working out for a long time
The New Year’s resolutions people simply have unrealistic expectations, they think if they go to the gym for a couple hours every other day, they will look amazing and when that does not happen or their new found motivation disappears they quit. Nobody said it was going to be easy and only those willing to work their butts off will get results.
On the other hand you get those who work tirelessly for months and sometimes years and have not progressed much from the time they first started. It is tough to do something even when the return is not equivalent to the input. You are basically running at a loss. If your workout was a business you would certainly be in trouble. The thing is if you do something for long enough and you are not getting results, it is pretty obvious that there is a flaw in the system. You need to re-evaluate your routine and try to figure out what might be wrong with your routine, for example your workout might be the right sort of workout but the flaw might be in your diet. The flaw might be that you are over training or doing too much cardio, those are just things to think about if you want to figure out why you are not getting stronger, bigger, leaner and so on (what-ever your goal may be).
- How to make sure your workout is effective and progressive
This has been said before but it needs to be said again, you need to work out the smart way that is what gets you results, that is what makes a workout effective. You need to set goals for yourself that’s where the progressive comes in. A workout is not smart and effective if it means you are still lifting the same weight you were lifting when you first started lifting weights. The thing is you need to set goals for yourself such as every couple of weeks I am going to add 5lbs to my bench press so that in so many weeks I will lift 220 lbs. So you know what you are after therefore you will be working towards it and as you get stronger and see your improving lifts that will also serve as motivation and you will get to your target.
The whole process of working out should be goal orientated, with steps to get you to your goals like the example given above, you could probably lift the 220lbs in a shorter time period but you will get more out of every weight if you do not skip the steps. You have to think to yourself do you want to be the small guy who can lift heavy or do you want to gain as much lean muscle as you can from the weights you used to progressively get to your target. If something is not working for you change it, do not continue doing the same thing; try other combinations because they might do you more good than what you are currently doing.
And finally give each body part enough time to recover and have a diet that is set according to your goals whether it’s a low calorie diet to get lean or a high calorie diet to gain mass.Remember we are not all the same, what works for someone else might not work for you, so you need to experiment and find what works for you, that is smart progressive training.