Breaking Bad

Top 5 ways to sabotage your muscle growth—and how to fix them


Busting butt in the gym is about the payoff in the end. Why work your tail of only to find that you blow it somewhere else by not giving your muscles the respect they need? Seems to be a common problem, but there is hope. If you are breaking any rules of engagement, you may be robbing yourself from the gains you’re hoping for.

There are hundreds of possible issues that could reduce the effects of your training program. You’ve likely run the gamut, from feeling under the weather to a specific workout-limiting injury to a busy schedule, that’s kept you out of the gym. Unfortunately, there aren’t any miracle pills or magic remedies for those kinds of issues. But if you’re experiencing setbacks from training-related issues, the miracle cure is sitting right in front of you. Most often, we’ve either pushed too hard or not hard enough. At times we’ve dropped of training and yet other times we just simply failed to do something that we should have. It’s time to break your bad, and put some good back in to your program.

While I’ve created a top 5, no matter how you cut it there could be many additional reasons. Any one of these “bads” that I have here will reduce the effect of your hard work, and if you have more than one, you’re killing yourself before you even begin!

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