1. Recovery & Sleep
Recovery is the most important aspect to building muscle. When you are in the gym, you are actually tearing your muscle fibers apart – recovery – is what will mend those muscle fibers back together, potentially making them stronger. That being said, sleep is the most imperative aspect to recovery that many gym-goers overlook. It is recommended that the average adult gets around to solid hours of sleep a night.
2. Being Scared of Carbs
In order to build muscle, you must consume carbohydrates to fuel your workouts. Carbohydrates are not the enemy, but eating carbohydrates at the wrong time, in mass amounts, the wrong types of carbohydrates is. Properly consuming carbohydrates will prevent your body from using protein as an energy source. Therefore, eliminating all carbohydrates from your diet puts you at risk for muscle catabolism.
3. Proper Form and Muscle Engagement
In order to see muscle growth, proper form and true muscle engagement must be present. Instead of just going through the motions, think about each muscle you are supposed to be engaging during every exercise and squeeze. I’ve personally seen a significant change in muscle growth through workouts that consisted of reducing the resistance being lifted, slowing down the movements and squeezing the muscle being worked.
4. Not Using Vitamins Consistently
Taking your vitamins only when you remember once a month is like only brushing your teeth once a month when you feel like it, the more committed you are to it: the better results you’re going to get out of it. Be consistent in taking your vitamins, you won’t regret it.
5. Not Enough Water
Being fully hydrated will have a positive effect on your exercise performance, which directly relates to your muscle growth. If you are not performing your best because you are dehydrated, your workout will not have the potential anabolic effect that it could have if you were fully hydrated.