If that is happening to you, here are 5 possible reasons and what you can do to change things:
Quality sleep is vital to good health. For those working in the gym, it is even more essential as sleep is when muscles do most of the repair work needed for growth. Make sure you get enough time for shut-eye, and that you create the right environment for a good night’s rest.
Target the right muscles, not just the ones you want to show off. Uneven training is also risky as it can put stress on joints. Injuries to knees or back can really throw a spanner in your workout schedule.
Make sure your workout covers your whole body over your weekly or fortnightly schedule. Include work on muscle groups that provide functional fitness as well as bulk.
Don’t leave drinking until you are thirsty. Instead, try to keep a steady input of liquid to ensure that your muscles stay hydrated. This is also a good habit for later in life, even if it does mean a few more trips to the toilet.
We all know it – too much alcohol does the body no favours. It contains empty calories and the next day damage really isn’t worth it.
Impatience can be the enemy of good results from workouts. Overtraining robs the body of the chance to repair those tiny muscle tears that are the root of muscle building.
Our bodies are designed to reap the benefits of short workouts. Use those with rest days, and watch those muscles grow!
It really is simple to get results - don't cheat! So many people think they're doing regular workouts/eating healthily but on closer examination it's clear they're actually not doing it 100%. So results are not so apparent. I toned up my whole body by eating healthily and working out 4 times a week (short intense workouts) and definitely saw results.
In my early 20's I used to overtrain a lot but am a lot happier since I got older and more sensible. I also enjoy the workouts more as I'm not doing them all the time.
I like the picture! Food is the no 1 reason things go wrong for me. Takes a lot of exercise to work off the cake - no alternative, eat less cake!