When you arent making gains?

  • Artesin

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    May 30, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    So I've been lifting for the longest time now yet dont seem to be making new gains. Hitting it hard 3-5 days a week without seeing the gains is really starting to wear down on my drive. Just feeling despondent to the idea and lost as to where to turn next.

    Ive always been primarily concerned with building a better physique but with a slimmer build I completely cut cardio, which I think has limited my endurance overall. I get extremely worn out with supersets or any high rep work to the point that nausea kicks in.

    I understand the correlation between power lifting and body building in that strength gains will allow for higher reps in high weight ranges. But I tried this strat for months and didnt see much of a change. As I never seemed to adapt to the volume.

    What recommendations can be made? Is there a way to reset my body from the mistakes I may have made in order to start over? If anything what would you say is the progression of a typical body builder? How can you incorporate strength and cardio without losing gains?

    Some of my issues have been that I'm easily fatigued, tired all the time, and cant break whatever plateau Im at. My knees prevent good squat form at high weight or high reps and the tension which builds in my knuckles kills in curls or bench.

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    May 30, 2012 4:53 AM GMT
    well you do have to lift big and eat big (and proper) to get big. im in the same boat. its tuff with ectomorph genetics, but persistance, and switching up your routine every couple/few weeks with difference exercises should help. but you do have to push yourself!
  • UncleverName

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    May 30, 2012 6:12 AM GMT
    Get a personal trainer for even one session. They don't even have to be good, just able to push you harder than you push yourself.

    Also, if you're looking to put on size (not necessarily strength), try lifting less. 3 times a week or even two but really maximal stuff. The 4 Hour Body has a chapter on that which is worth reading.
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    May 30, 2012 10:56 AM GMT
    How's your nutrition?
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    May 30, 2012 11:00 AM GMT
    All of the things above - plus - it may be time to do a couple of things. 1) take a short break to recover. I know this sounds crazy - but it can be the trigger that gets you going again - 2) change something - maybe your eating plan - maybe you need to revamp the whole workout plan.

    Either way - it's time to bust out of the routine. Your body has become accustomed to what you are doing. Switching things up will confuse it back into changing.

    IMHO.
  • chi_rock

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    May 30, 2012 11:13 AM GMT
    UncleverName saidGet a personal trainer for even one session. They don't even have to be good, just able to push you harder than you push yourself.

    Also, if you're looking to put on size (not necessarily strength), try lifting less. 3 times a week or even two but really maximal stuff. The 4 Hour Body has a chapter on that which is worth reading.


    Solid advise. You may not be pushing yourself as hard as you think.