3 Reasons Why You’re Not Making Progress

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We are asked too often to take a look at someone’s program, to figure out where they’re going wrong. Unfortunately, a quick glance at a spreadsheet isn’t going to tell us much. If your car broke down today, more than likely it was months or even years of a consistent problem that resulted in the breakdown, not something you did today. Likewise, it is probably months or years of messing up that have resulted in you asking “why am I not making progress?”.

Below are three of the most common reasons why you’re not progressing, and how to take actionable steps to fix it, now.

You’re A Program Hopper

You just read the latest Bodybuilding.com article on how to add size, and you start following their recommended protocols.

The scales are starting to budge and you’re noticing that you’re a little more fuller than a few weeks ago – things are going good.

But then you see a new fat loss video on YouTube. You begin to rethink your current muscle building strategy. What good is being huge if you can’t see your abs? Women like abs, right?

So you completely scrap your protocol and start dieting. A few months later and you’ve lost all your size and can kind of see your top two abs if the lighting is right.

You now feel weak and scrawny again. You see an article on powerlifting and realise that if you were really serious about adding size, you’d be training for strength. And so the cycle continues.

Do you see where we’re going with this?

ACTION STEP:

Write down where you want to be in one year, and work backwards. What do you need to do (longer and shorter goals) in order to reach your target? Whether it’s to put on 10lbs of muscle or lose 20lbs of fat, you need a long term plan whereby you know what to do in 3, 6, 9 months time, not jumping from program to program with no progress.

#2 You’re Listening To Too Many People

When it comes to getting stronger, losing fat or building tissue, realise that everyone has their own opinion. If you put 10 people in a room right now and asked them the best strategy for adding 10lbs of muscle, each one would throw in their own two cents that looks completely unfamiliar from the guy sitting next to him.

Instead of allowing yourself to get confused, focus on one or two people’s opinion who you trust and admire.

ACTION STEP:

Once you know your long term goals, find a coach you trust and follow their strategies.

Remember that no coach, or trainer is perfect, but when  progress stalls, you need someone you can trust to help guide you through to the other side.

#3 You Cannot Be Objective About Yourself

There’s a reason some of the top coaches and trainers in the world pay other people to coach them – you cannot be objective about yourself.

What we mean by this is – if you’re progress has stalled, you’re probably looking in the mirror thinking “hmm..my back looks a bit small, maybe I should switch up my training and spend more time on my back”, or “hmm..feeling a bit chubby..maybe I should leave this bulk and start dieting now”, when someone who is objective (such as a coach) can look at you and say “You’re feeling chubby because you need to put on a small amount of body fat to gain muscle. We will power through adding tissue for the next 3 months and then consider a diet then”.

If you’re serious about taking your physique to the next level, you need to seek out a mentor or coach to help you.

ACTION STEP:

Find yourself a coach or a training partner to take the guesswork out of programming and nutrition.

If you have the money, a coach is fantastic as there’s no better way to fast track progress than to have a coach work with you to take the guesswork out of programming and nutrition.

If a coach isn’t your thing, you need to find an objective and knowledgeable training partner to help figure out why you’re stuck. But that’s easier said than done.

So if you find a good one, keep them around.

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