Nov 192012
 
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Failing to build muscle may be a result of many things. But often than not, if you’re not regularly monitoring your progress, you might not notice that you’re going something wrong until it’s too late.

Identify certain mistakes through these tell-tale signs and avoid injury or further muscle loss.

Becoming Sleepy, Lethargic, and Sleeping More than Your Usual Amount

This is a tell tale sign of protein deficiency. I had an experience of this once when I shifted from advanced protein to a much cheaper muscle gainer with less protein content. I tended to sleep more than I usually do, and don’t seem to feel all that refreshed despite the amount of sleep I get.

Solution: I reckoned it must have been the lack of protein in my diet that kept me failing to build muscle. So, one night, I decided to chug down 3 eggs worth of egg whites that were hard boiled.
I woke up the following morning at 7am, my usual time, feeling fit as a fiddle.

Later I found out at the gym’s weighing scale that I had lost quite a bit of muscle over the week. But have later recovered it by replenishing the supply of protein.

Shoulder Rotator Cuff Pain While Doing Pushups

Failing to lock your shoulders during back exercises such as pullups, vertical traction, chin ups, etc. will definitely result in rotator cuff injury. Just like what happened to me during my college days.

Solution: Do not lift weights that you’re not ready for. I spent quite some time rehabilitating my shoulder at the local therapist. And strengthened my bicep, triceps, and deltoids, to cope for this. And from know on I kept my shoulders locked and never lifted any weight that I could not lift properly.

Wrist Pain When Doing Pushing Exercises

There is a proper way to doing pushing exercises. Failure to do so will cause wrist pain.
This happens when you might be putting too much pressure to your upper or lower palm when doing the exercise.

This happened to my wright wrist while doing seated chest press. It’s quite painful at that time, and I purchased a glove with wrist support just for that reason.

Solution: Do the exercise with proper hand position. If it’s a pushing exercise, don’t support the bar on your upper palm. And for safety purposes, try to purchase a good wrist support. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

You Feel That  Your Workout Are Failing to Build Muscle

If you feel like getting bloated, not putting on much muscle, or don’t see any improvement in the mirror, chances are there isn’t any improvement.

But you need to look at the scales just to be sure and not judge prematurely.

Solution: If this is happening to you, and you don’t know what’s causing the muscle loss or plateau. Identify the cause by reviewing the possible causes. It could be one of these three.

  • Failure to get enough rest.
  • Failure to eat the right amount.
  • Not doing the right workout routine.

 

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