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7 Ways You’re Holding Your Progress Back in the Gym

7 Ways You’re Holding Your Progress Back in the Gym

Not seeing the results that you had hoped for from your workout program? Many people often find themselves frustrated when things aren’t quite going as they had planned. What gives?

How come you aren’t moving forward as you had wanted and what can you do right now to change your path so that you can?

This is a common question, but if you are going to see the results that you’re after, you must find the answer. Let’s look at the top 7 ways that you might be holding your progress back.

1. You Aren’t Being Consistent

First, if you want to see results, you must be consistent. This means getting into the gym, on time, day after day and never missing a beat.

If you often do a session, then skip a session, then do a session, and so on, how do you ever expect to see the results you were after?

You won’t—make sure you are making a regular date with your gym as you had scheduled.

2. You Aren’t Using Compound Exercises

Next, another big reason why some people fail to see the progress they were after is that they are focusing primarily on isolation exercises.

If you hit the gym and perform 10 different sets of bicep curls, you are wasting your time.

Focusing on compound movements that will work multiple muscle groups at once is a must. These are the ones that will yield maximum results and the ones that will help take your progress up a notch.

You can add in a few isolation exercises at the end of the session, but they should be more of an afterthought than anything.

3. You Aren’t Monitoring Your Rest Periods

Next, not monitoring your rest periods can often drag into the 2–3 minute mark. This could be the reason you aren’t seeing the progress you had hoped for.

Remember that shorter rest periods are going to help to create a metabolic response in the body and in addition, they’ll also ensure that you are keeping the fatigue level of the workout higher.

This teaches your body to train through fatigue so when you come back next workout, you’ll be more prepared to handle it.

Never cut your rest periods so short that you are using poor form, but at the same rate, don’t let them drag on and on either, or you will not see the results you had hoped for.

4. You Aren’t Lifting Heavy Weights

The next vital mistake that’s often made, especially by females with their workout program, is not lifting a heavy enough weight. Remember, you must challenge yourself!

If you are lifting only 5-10 pounds, you can do more than this—almost everyone can.

Most women underestimate their strength level and if they would just push a bit harder, they would see far better results. Instead, they let their worries about getting bulky stop them.

Always remember that it takes eating a lot of food, lifting heavy weights for years, and abnormally high testosterone levels to get big muscles.

99% of all women won’t build muscle quickly or easily. Pushing yourself will just help to get you stronger, leaner, and tighter—all things that you want.

For men, the opposite problem can occur at times and it is attempting to lift too heavy of a weight and as a result, get injured. Know your limits. It should be challenging, but it should be something that you actually can do. Don’t try and show off by lifting outside of your capabilities.

5. You Aren’t Eating Right

The next mistake that’s often made and would definitely be a reason you aren’t seeing progress is if you aren’t eating right.

Eating right is a huge part of the game, because the food you eat is what will fuel your body with the nutrients it needs in order to generate the lean muscle mass and repair the muscle that was broken down from a workout.

Likewise, if you are aiming for fat loss and are taking in too many calories, you won’t lose weight either. You need to get both your calorie intake in line as well as your food choice set up right.

Fail to do either of these and you will fail to see results.

6. You Have Poor Sleep Habits

Sleep habits are another thing to look at when assessing why you aren’t seeing the progress you had hoped you would.

If you aren’t sleeping at least seven hours each night, you aren’t going to be giving your body enough time to get a good recovery in.

Most people do not sleep enough because of their busy lifestyle and this can definitely come back to haunt them in the end.

Make a date with your bed each night for at least eight hours. Those who sleep more each night have better control over their appetite and therefore calorie level, secrete less cortisol throughout the day (which will encourage belly fat accumulation), and will also have a faster metabolic rate.

7. You Use Poor Form

Poor Form Weight Lifting

    Finally, the last big mistake that can keep you from seeing results, is if you are using poor form. Proper form is a must if you are going to derive all the benefits that an exercise has to offer.

    Those who use poor form won’t be working the muscles and worse yet, will be putting themselves at risk for injury.

    Make sure that once a month you evaluate your form and ensure that it is on track with where it should be.

    If you are committing any of these mistakes, you will want to get these fixed up before continuing on with your workout program so that you don’t waste any more time in the gym.

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    Last Updated on November 19, 2019

    20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

    20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

    Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

    If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

    1. Create a Daily Plan

    Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

    2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

    Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

    3. Use a Calendar

    Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

    I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

    Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

    4. Use an Organizer

    An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

    These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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    5. Know Your Deadlines

    When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

    But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

    6. Learn to Say “No”

    Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

    Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

    7. Target to Be Early

    When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

    For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

    Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

    8. Time Box Your Activities

    This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

    You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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    9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

    Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

    10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

    Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

    You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

    11. Focus

    Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

    Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

    Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

    12. Block out Distractions

    What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

    I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

    When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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    Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

    13. Track Your Time Spent

    When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

    You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

    14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

    You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

    Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

    15. Prioritize

    Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

    Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

    16. Delegate

    If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

    When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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    17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

    For related work, batch them together.

    For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

    1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
    2. coaching
    3. workshop development
    4. business development
    5. administrative

    I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

    18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

    What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

    One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

    While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

    19. Cut off When You Need To

    The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

    Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

    20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

    Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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