Why Am I Not Building Muscle?

Regardless of whether you’re wanting to become an adonis, toned to perfection, or looking to bulk up for a strength event or personal reasons, muscle is going to be a key aspect of your physical exercise. For many people though, try as they might, their muscle size may not be developing or growing at the rate they wish. Let’s take a look at reasons why this may be the case.


It might be hard to admit to yourself, but it could just be that your form is off. It happens to all of us, but it can impact on your training regime much more than you might think. As with anything, how you ‘do’ something is just as important as ‘what’ you’re doing. If you’re throwing heavy weights around badly, either because of your mood, understanding or technique, the way your body responds won’t be what you want. It’s much better to use a full range of body movements with controlled temp to yield better results.

I’ve talked many times about the symbiotic nature of the relationship between food and exercise. One affects the other so much. If you’re not building muscle as you’d like, it could be that you are either not eating enough, or at least, not eating the right food that will let you create muscle. To build muscle effectively you need the right balance and the correct levels of protein, carbohydrates and overall calories. To get the results you want in the end, you’ve got to start with the right components and the food you eat goes a long way to give you that.

Training schedules shouldn’t be written in stone. They need to be able to grow and adapt as your body does. The training you’re doing at the beginning, shouldn’t be the same as you’re doing months further down the line. Your training needs to progress and for it to progress, it needs a structure. If you’re going to the gym at random times and doing random exercises, it’s not going to be a bad thing necessarily, but the ad-hoc nature of that means that it can not bring consistent goals. Instead, build a schedule that builds as you get stronger. Your body will thank you for it.



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