A lack of results is probably the number 1 reason that people slack in the gym. Without progress, frustration usually sets in.
Luckily there are many ways to stick to your program and get the results you are looking for.
Chad Landers has an article that I found on Yahoo about the Top 5 Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results in the Gym.
His top five reasons with my additional commentary are:
1. Trying to create the perfect workout
There is no perfect workout. I can look at any of my own programs and find ways to change or improve them. The alterations might make a difference but following the basics of exercise selection is usually going to be a safe bet.
2. Program Hopping
Jumping from program to program is going to almost assure that you do not get any results. You cannot train as a body builder one week, a powerlifter for the next two, and then move to an all kettlebell program.
Stick to the program and when it completed you can look to other avenues. You might be surprised what happens when a program is followed all the way through.
3. Forgetting the Basics
Your basic movements are going to produce the best results. Squats, deadlifts, bench presses, pull ups, rows, and carries are all time tested. These have been the basis of many programs for many years and many different goals.
If you can’t squat, you probably shouldn’t be doing weighted jump squats. Do not get ahead of yourself.
4. Lack of Intensity
You need to make sure you are working hard enough. This can get tough when pushing heavier weights because it can be dangerous unsupervised. When an exercise becomes easy you must make it harder. If you are not smoked after a set of squats, you probably should’ve gone heavier (generally speaking, this does not apply to everyone).
5. Lack of Progression
The author was sure to mention not to forget the basics. I cannot emphasize how important it is to master all basic movements. When you are ready, progress your program.
So please check out the article I linked at the beginning because I only gave an additional sentence to the points made in the original. It is one of the rare gems of good content on my Yahoo homepage.
While you’re at it, check out my posts that cover similar ideas:
Overloading your Program– looks into overload and progression in your program.
The 3 C’s of Fat Loss- 2 of the points in this article relate to training as well as nutrition.