Why am I not seeing results?
Many of us set new training goals with the aim of achieving results in a specific time frame. Your goal might be to lose a 1lb or 2lbs a week, running 30 minutes without stopping, improving your pull ups or deadlifting a heavier weight. But what if you’re not seeing the results? It might mean that you hit an exercise plate
au, and this can happen for a number of reasons. I’ll discuss just a few below:
- No Progression: If you have not changed your workout and continue doing the same one over and over again, your body adapts to this routine and no longer finds it challenging and has no reason to change. Therefore, its important to progress your workout each week and allow the body to adapt and progress e.g. increase the weight you are lifting, add 2 extra km’s to your run or add some hill training to build leg strength.
- Overtraining: If you are over training and not taking days off for repair and recovery you won’t see results either. Your recovery includes getting adequate sleep every night, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends 7-8 hrs per night.
- Food: Caloric intake could also be the problem. Whether it’s too many calories or not enough. If you’re not tracking what you’re taking in you won’t know for sure what you are consuming. The body needs adequate amount of protein, carbohydrates and fat to function at its best. When it comes to not eating enough calories, your metabolism may slow down and you may feel tired which will affect performance.
- The wrong type of training: You may be performing the wrong type of training to reach your goals. For example if your goal is to increase muscle mass, doing cardio everyday will not work. Your aim should be to progressively lift heavier weights, including squats, deadlifts and compound movements.
And finally don’t be too hard on yourself – there will always be dips in training. Take a look at what you have achieved to date, reassess your goals and find a way to make a small win every day.
Best of Luck!