Most people already have a general idea of what to do with respect towards achieving a better physique. They do everything right. They consistently put in the work, and they follow all the right advice — they’re pretty much hell-bent on doing whatever it takes to get from point A to point B in the quickest way possible.
Regardless of what the goal may be, the recurring theme (unfortunately) always seems to be people not getting the results they’re looking for.
Here’s four reasons why you’re not seeing results.
1. Lack Of Discipline and Work Ethic
If there’s one thing that working in a commercial gym has taught me, it’s that most folks go through the motions. This absolutely drives me nuts.
Getting out of your comfort zone is necessary if you ultimately want to look better and perform better. Taking selfies in the gym and posting your workout on social media does not equate to productivity in the gym — you’re just a douche.
2. You Don’t Even Lift
Following up with the point above, nothing beats hard work. What’s most unfortunate is people falling prey to fads and gimmicks promising fast results. There’s a reason why compound movements such as Squats, Deadlifts, Pull-Ups, Presses and Rows are staples in so many strength training programs. Adhering to the basics and training with intensity gets the job done.
Prioritizing compound movements are going to give you a more impressive physique than you’d get from curls and sit-ups. If you think for one second that you’d be better off without them, something is seriously wrong with you. Get bigger, stronger, faster, and leaner by sticking to the big lifts before you think about isolating your arms and abs.
3. Train With A Purpose
While I do think far too many people place too much of an emphasis on advanced training protocols, you have to appreciate how beneficial actually having a plan can help. As the old adage goes, “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail”. You’d be wise to take that into consideration because at the end of the day, you have to train with a purpose. You’d be hard-pressed to find anybody with a good looking physique that doesn’t track their progress. Establish a plan and get after it.
4. Hydration and Sleep Are Kind Of Important
Let’s face it: the vast majority of the population are constantly dehydrated and are sleep deprived. In fact, in addition to how negatively it impacts performance, studies have shown that dehydration and sleep deprivation leads to an increase in fat mass. You can follow any training program to a T, but if you’re not doing the simple things such as drinking more water and getting enough sleep, you’re just spinning your wheels.