My Workout Made Me More Skinny!
I started working out in hopes that I would get bigger, yet it turned out I look more skinny! What am I doing wrong?
Well, there are several things you might be doing wrong. But you started working out and got results - not the results you wanted, but results.
So, here's what you might be doing wrong - and what to change to get bigger like you want to...1. Wrong Kind of Exercise
What kind of exercises are you doing in the gym? Squats, deadlifts, and bench presses… or bicep curls, calf extensions, and 5 kinds of ab exercises?
Because the big, multi-joint lifts will (1) place the most stress on your body, and (2) give you the most potential for large muscle growth. Small lifts just won't cut it for getting bigger.
You must choose big exercises. There's simply no other way.
Also, you might not be...2. Not Eating Enough
This generally isn't a problem. But, to put on muscle and bone you need to eat more. Your body can't build you bigger if it doesn't have the basic building blocks to do so.
So, count your calories for a few days and make sure that your'e eating more
than you need for your level of exercise. You don't want to just function on this same level - you want to get big!
And be sure you're eating protein (dead animals) and carbohydrates (bread, fruit, and/or sugar) after you workout. The protein will give you the building blocks you need for more muscle, and the carbs will get your hormones working
for you too. Check out this article on post workout drinks
to find out how to effectively fuel your muscle building.3. Not Working Hard Enough
When you're at the gym, you have to work hard. Really hard. Push every set to failure on that last repetition, and then push it harder.
This is more important as you get more advanced. But when you're at the gym you really
need to push yourself to the limit.4. Working Out Too Much
This is also a danger. When you're at the gym you do
want to work like mad. But when you leave, rest.
Eat good food, sleep, watch TV, hang out with friends, play video games, whatever. Especially for putting on muscle, eating and sleeping are very important.
For example, if you're older or have been lifting for a while, you might see more gains from lifting less frequently. The Body By Science 'big 5' workout
has you workout just once a week, and many people have used that program to put on really great muscle mass.
So, when you workout, push yourself hard. Do it 1 - 2 times a week. And other than that, really rest.So...
There are 4 criteria you can use to examine your schedule. If any one of them is broken, change your workout routine to get the results you want.
If you have a specific fitness goal, you might consider personal e-coaching
to address your sticking points. And if you found this advice helpful, consider donating a few dollars so that I can buy an espresso!
Good luck with your training,