Could These Things Be Holding Back Your Fitness Gains?




All gym-goers are concerned with the same thing; gains! They want to get huge and have a ripped six pack. However, sometimes things don’t go to plan, and you struggle to see results. Why could this be? Maybe it’s because of one of these three things:

Low Testosterone Levels

We need testosterone to help stimulate muscle growth. Men produce far more of it than women, which is why we’re often much bigger and more muscular. A lack of testosterone can be what’s holding you back in the gym. If you have low levels, you’ll struggle to grow as many muscles as the guy next to you with high levels. Not only this, but low T levels is one of the major causes of erectile dysfunction. It’s not something you should take lightly and just laugh off. My advice is to get your testosterone levels checked to see how they’re doing. If they’re low, you need to work on raising them.

Thankfully, doing exercise can raise your T levels, so keep on working out. Also, losing weight can boost testosterone production, as can relaxation methods. If you stay stress-free, you’ll produce lots of testosterone. There are some pills that can help give you a boost, but I recommend seeing a doctor, to learn about these. Don’t buy any from Amazon or your pharmacy, make sure you have a prescription and know about the drug.

Extreme Stress

I touched upon stress just then, and how it can damage your T levels. But, it can also damage your all-round athletic performance. Being stressed means your mind is never fully focussed on the task at hand. Instead, you’re thinking about whatever’s making you stressed. So, when you workout, you’re not giving it your all. Your heart’s not in it, and you won’t exercise at the peak of your ability.

Naturally, the best way to deal with this is to destress. Firstly, sort out the cause of your stress. Do whatever you can to sort it out and give yourself one less thing to worry about. Secondly, think about booking a spa day, or just a day off work to relax. Treat yourself and have a little break to relieve stress and be back to your best.

Repetitive Injury

Many guys struggle to see results because they’re working out injured. If you’re injured, your body isn’t going to function as well as it should. And, you’ll struggle to do things properly, as your injury won’t let you. The problem is, lots of guys get injured and return to the gym before it’s properly healed. As a result, the injury flares up over and over again. So, you’re never fully fit and able to exercise correctly.

When you get injured, you must rest the injury until it is fully healed. See a physical therapist and have them help with rehab. Doing this lets you recover faster and strengthen the area around the injury. In turn, this helps prevent further injuries from happening.

Perhaps one of these three things is why you’re struggling to see gains in the gym? If it is, have a read over the advice and do what you can to make it a problem of the past.

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