The main reason why you aren’t getting any stronger is because your body doesn’t have enough energy. Your muscles don’t have enough fuel to work properly anymore. There are several factors which cause this situation and they are:
1) You haven’t eaten well in a long time.
When you eat good food, your body gets energized again and it becomes easier for your muscles to grow.
2) You haven’t exercised your muscles often enough.
Exercising your muscles makes them grow faster than if you just sat around doing nothing.
3) You don’t sleep enough.
Sleep is very important for muscle growth, but too much or no sleep will make it harder for your body to grow. If you do not get enough sleep, then your body will need more energy to function properly and it won’t grow as fast as when you were sleeping soundly.
4) You are overtraining.
Over training causes your muscles to become weak and you may even start losing muscle mass.
5) Your diet is bad.
A poor diet will cause you to gain weight instead of losing it and this can lead to fat storage instead of lean muscle growth.
If these five things happen, then your body won’t be able to produce enough hormones necessary for proper muscle growth.
Why am I not gaining strength?
One of the most common questions asked by bodybuilders is why am i not gaining strength, but the answer to this is pretty simple. You aren’t eating enough. If you want to gain strength, you need to eat more and it needs to be quality food. Not junk food. Second of all, make sure you are getting enough sleep every night and that you are resting in between your weight lifting sessions. Make sure to also track your weight lifting progress so you can see your improvements. If you aren’t making any, then you need to change something.
Why am I not gaining muscle?
If you aren’t gaining muscle, you need to take a look at your diet.
Are you consuming enough calories? Are you eating enough protein? Are you getting the right nutrients?
Your diet needs to consist of more than junk food.
Also, take a look at the 5 tips listed above under “Why am I not getting any stronger?”
Why am I not losing weight?
If you aren’t losing weight, it’s likely because of your diet.
Are you eating too much junk food?
Starches and sugars will cause you to gain weight. Also, a lack of exercise will make it harder to lose weight. Make sure to do some form of cardiovascular exercise every day and cut back on the junk food.
3) I can’t stick with an exercise program!
This is a very common problem for people trying to get fit. It’s very easy to get bored of your current routine and even easier to find excuses not to do it.
The best way to combat this problem is to switch your routines every 2 months or so. There are also different ways you can keep yourself motivated. Here’s some suggestions:
1) Get a workout partner.
This can be someone at your local gym or someone you know. Having a workout partner will keep you accountable and ensure you won’t skip out on your workouts.
2) Make your routine more fun.
If you’re doing the same routine over and over again, then it’s going to get boring no matter how much you like it. The easiest way to combat this is to switch up your routines every 2 months or so.
You can also do this by adding new exercises to your current routine.
3) Make a commitment to yourself.
Tell yourself that “I (your name) will work out (time frame) everyday and (time frame).” Having a commitment to yourself will help you stay focused and work towards your goals.
4) Think of how good you’ll feel.
If you’re working out properly, then you should be feeling good throughout the day. When you start to feel good, it becomes a habit.
Working out is supposed to make you feel good so why not take advantage of that fact.
5) Drink lots of water.
I know this sounds silly but drinking lots of water can actually keep you feeling energized and alert throughout the day. This will help keep you interested in working out.
6) Take a short break.
Everyone needs a break every once in awhile. If you ever feel worn out or tired while working out, take a short break.
A good rule of thumb is, if you’re pushing yourself too hard, then you shouldn’t be working out that day. Listen to your body and it will listen to you.
7) Watch a motivational video online.
There are many videos on the internet that are meant to keep you motivated. These can range from inspirational stories to people doing amazing physical feats.
Whatever gets you going.
What’s the best way to work out my core?
There are a lot of myths out there about what works and what doesn’t. I’ll give you some tips on what has worked for me.
1) Lay on your back with your legs straight up in the air.
Make sure your shoulders and head are firmly on the floor. Now, try to raise your legs up and down without moving your upper body or head.
This is an excellent workout for your abdominal muscles.
2) While standing, bend over and place your hands on your knees (assuming you’re able to since you’re probably pretty weak right now).
Now, put one leg behind the other and try to stand up without using your hands to push yourself up. This also works out the abdominal muscles.
3) While laying on your back, bend your knees and put your feet up against a wall.
Push your feet against the wall and try to raise your lower body off the floor by straightening your legs.
These three exercises will help you build up your abdominal muscles. Once you’ve gotten stronger, I would recommend doing more traditional sit-ups and crunches.
These exercises can be found on various other websites and in physical fitness books so I won’t go too in depth with them.
What do you feel is the best free weight routine?
I’m not sure about the best since everyone is different. I can tell you about what I feel has been working for me lately though.
1) Barbell curls: These are great for bulking up your biceps and forearms.
At the moment, I’m doing 3 sets of 6 reps using a weight that I can only just manage to do. When I can easily do 6 reps with this weight, I’ll increase the weight.
2) Tricep push downs: This exercise is great for bulking up your triceps.
I do 3 sets of 10 reps using a weight that I can only just manage to do. As with my bicep curls, when I can easily do 10 reps with this weight, I’ll increase the weight.
3) Barbell Shoulder Press: This exercise is great for bulking up your deltoids and traps.
I do 3 sets of 6 reps using a weight that I can only just manage to do. As with my bicep curls, when I can easily do 6 reps with this weight, I’ll increase the weight.
4) Weighted Sit-ups: This exercise is great for targeting your abdominals.
I do 3 sets of 25 reps using a weight that I can only just manage to do. As with my bicep curls, when I can easily do 25 reps with this weight, I’ll increase the weight.
As you can probably tell, I like to stick with basic exercises and add weights over time. This routine is working very well for me right now though so don’t think that you need to change it around or add any extra exercises.
What do you feel are the best cardio exercises?
I’m not really a big fan of cardio since, unlike you, I’m not in this for the thrill. If you’re looking to get in better shape though, I would recommend the following exercises.
1) Running: There’s nothing quite like running down the road and letting your mind wonder.
I usually like to keep my runs outdoors but if you have access to a treadmill, that would probably be better since it’s safer.
2) Walking: Another simple exercise but a very good one.
You would be surprised at how strong your legs are if you use the incline function on a treadmill.
3) Swimming: Personally, I’m not much of a swimmer since I don’t like my vision restricted and water tends to hurt my eyes anyway but swimming is great exercise.
You don’t need to go swimming in a pool either; you could go to the lake or river if you prefer. Just make sure you don’t go in the ocean since you can never be sure about the water quality.
There are other cardio exercises you can do such as playing basketball or soccer but I would recommend that you find an area that’s well lit since those sports tend to be a bit more dangerous when it gets dark. Also, I would recommend that you wear bright colors when playing soccer or else you may get kicked a lot (been there, done that).
What’s the best way to deal with hagglers?
Most hagglers will give up if you stand your ground and they really aren’t any danger to you. If a haggler doesn’t give up though, there are a couple of ways you can handle the situation.
If the haggler is a younger person then you could try telling them that their parent/guardian wouldn’t be pleased to find out they were trying to get a discount on the product by attempting to haggle. Most of the time this is effective since most parents do not want their children to be wandering at night and especially not near a place like the docks.
If the haggler is an adult then you could always try and discuss things like you would with any normal person. Point out the flaws in their haggling technique.
Remind them that by purchasing their goods they are actually putting food in your mouth. Etc.
One thing you don’t want to do is get hostile because it just isn’t worth it. Losing a customer over a couple of coins is just silly.
Remember, you’re not dealing with killers or thieves, you’re dealing with normal people who are just trying to make a living.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen?
I’m sure I’ve seen some pretty strange things during my life but I don’t have enough time to go into detail so I’ll just give you the basics:
1) Once I was hired to move a bunch of corpses from a crypt.
It was ordered by some noble who wanted to turn it into a museum or something. The bodies were nothing special since they’d been dead a long time but the coffins those corpses were in…wow.
They were all carved with intricate designs and some of them had little statues of the gods of the dead standing by their head and feet ends.
2) Another time I was called upon to move a bunch of live musicians.
They were a group of about 20 men who played wind instruments and were called the “Marching Minstrels”. I still have no idea why they were moved but it paid well.
3) And finally, once I was called upon to carry a shipment of spiders.
This was a very special breed of spider too. They were part of some magic experiment or something.
At first there were a couple dozen in these large wooden boxes but by the time I got to my destination there was one large spider left in one of the boxes. It had absorbed all the others and grew to many times the size that the box could contain.
It’s hard to control yourself when you’ve got a giant spider-beast trying to climb out of your cart so I’ll just leave it at that.
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