5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Building Muscle
Why Aren’t I Building Muscles?
People workout for many different reasons such as getting chizzled abs, firmer glutes, and more defined quads or biceps are all common motivators for going to the gym. That’s why it can be discouraging for people when they seem to do everything right but just aren’t gaining muscle as fast—or as much—as they’d like. Here are a few things that could be getting in the way:
1.Not Enough Weight:
Stretches and lifts may make you feel the burn, but these won’t add muscles without weight to back them up. If you want size, shape, and definition, you need to add weights—it’s that simple!
2. Missing Mind-Muscle Control:
When working out, it’s important to focus on each movement you make. Letting the routine take over and simply going through movement patterns means you aren’t giving full focus or exertion to the exercise. Just by paying attention you can give yourself a more concentrated workout and a better result.
3. Poor Form:
Each movement or exercise has a corresponding form that can maximize the result. Take a leg press for example. Placing your weight higher on the foot pad emphasizes glute and hamstring focus. Adjustments to stances, realignment of posture, or slight shifts in balance can change how your muscles react and build.
4. Insufficient Calories:
Working out is what motivates your muscles, but growing takes fuel as well. Eating enough just to sustain yourself is fine, but sustaining is all you’ll end up doing. Evaluate your diet and see if you’re in a calorie surplus. If you aren’t, try increasing your intake by 200 calories per week until you start seeing the desired growth. Sticking to healthy food choices will ensure gains in lean muscle as opposed to body fat.
5. Not Enough Sleep:
A good, 7-9 hour sleep helps recharge the body build muscle for two main reasons. The first is that muscles don’t grow when they’re used—they grow after use during periods of rest. Insufficient rest interferes with the anabolic process and will slow muscle growth. The second reason is that the body’s internal clock causes more growth hormones to be released during the night. Getting proper sleep lets your body fully capitalize on turning the day’s work into nighttime muscle growth.
With these tidbits in mind, take a look at your workout, diet, and schedule to see what changes can be made to help see the growth you desire. Small changes can see big returns over time, so just keep working out; stay focused, but don’t stay strong—get stronger!