I would also like to say that some training protocols are more optimal than others. So because I say most training programs will produce results, this does not mean that they will work as fast as a good training program.
So if you’re not progressing as quickly as you’d like, then there may be a chance that it is in fact your training that sucks.
“How do I know if my training sucks?”
I’m glad you asked!
Because today I want to share 7 obvious signs that your current training approach sucks.
1. You’re not on a program at all
If your training split is dependent on what muscle(s) you want to “pump up” that day, then your training sucks. This shows that (1) you’re not even on a program, (2) your training is purposeless, you are inconsistent and thus your gains will be too.
My Advice: Get on a damn training program! (Mass In A Flash FREE Download)
2. You’re still bench pressing 135 lbs
Do me a favor.
Think back a few months.
Now tell me…how much were you benching 3 months ago?
If you’ve been bench pressing (or squatting, deadlifting, overhead pressing, dumbbell curling) the same weight for the same amount of reps, then you’re not progressing.
No Progress = No Growth
This is happening because either (1) your program sucks, (2) you don’t track your lifts, or (3) all of the above.
My Advice: Start tracking your lifts…especially the big focal point movements. This will allow you to walk in the gym, every single time, with a goal.
3. Training each muscle group once per week
If your split is divided up in a way that only allows each muscle to be hit once per week, then you’re leaving a lot of growth on the table.
Volume may be one key to hypertrophy, but without progress, volume is meaningless.
Want progress? Increase the frequency!
If your chest workout consists of 16 sets, then break those 16 sets up into 2-3 sessions over the course of a week. Not only will you benefit from more regularly increased protein synthesis but, your chest will always be fresh when you’re training it thus allowing your total weekly workload to be higher.
My Advice: Adjust your program by decreasing volume so that you can incorporate more than one muscle-group in a training session. Then adjust the frequency so that each muscle group gets hit at least twice per week.