I generally train in the same place I work and because of this I get a lot of people asking me questions like how long did it take me to lift this amount or how long do I think it will take them. Not only do I have no idea how long it will take someone to get strong just by looking at them, I have no idea on their technique, what programme they follow etc.
However a few things always stand out just by me asking a few questions. So with that being said here are 5 reasons your lifts are not going up.
1. You max out too much
If you want to get strong stop maxing out all the time. You can’t get strong by constantly going for 1 rep maxes. Instead try focus on improving your 3-5 rep maxes and I can assure you your 1 rep max will go up. Test your 1 rep max every few months at the most.
2. You follow a crap programme
And that’s if you follow a programme at all. Follow tried and tested programmes like Starting Strength, Wendler 531or purchase online programming from ourselves. Not following a programme that is proved to work to me is like taking a tablet for a headache hoping it’s paracetamol.
3. Your technique needs work
Sometimes you need to drop the ego and the weight and focus on your technique to continue making progress. As the weight gets heavy your weaknesses will show and if you don't address them you will either stall or get injured.
4. You aren't patient
There will come a point where you may have to be a little more patient or work a little harder to get those extra kilos on the bar. This requires all the previous points to be in check but also requires patience while you work on them.
5. You don't really want to get strong
Some people think they want to get strong, but really what they want is to build bigger biceps and a better chest. I’m certainly not saying strength training won’t give you those things but what I am saying is perhaps these people are better suited to a bodybuilding style approach to training for potentially faster results.
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