​No Workout Results? No Worries! Here's Why

So many people workout for short periods of time and then give up.  I've seen this quite a bit with beginners who just start out and then quit showing up.  They feel like their workout is not working.

I don't need to ask too many of them why.  I've experienced it myself.  I've stopped going the the gym (or at home when I did more home workouts) at different times.  

Why?  It's simple; I wasn't seeing the results I thought I should with the amount of work I was putting in.  Keep in mind, these were periods of time when I was working out 5-6 days per week and not missing workouts for weeks.

Beginners and seasoned fitness enthusiasts alike are the same in that they all want to see steady results.   If there are no noticeable results, it gets frustrating. 

However, if you are working out regularly and working hard and eating fairly well, you are getting results.  There is a difference between seeing results and getting results.

"Seeing results" can take much longer.  You don't see your abs after a month or two.  Your arms are not growing in those hug "guns" that you want.   Your chest isn't getting bigger.  Chest is the main muscle group that I'm trying to grow.  It is very slow.

You're losing weight but not seeing results.

You also don't see great result with bigger lifts like squat, bench press, and shoulder press.  If you do pull-ups, they can also go up in number slowly.

"Getting results" is a different story.  Getting results is more important than seeing results.  Of course you want to see them, but you must always keep working to get results.  

How Do I Know If I'm Getting Results?

  • If you're trying to lose weight, you'll notice your clothes will start to be loose.  
  • You'll simply start getting stronger.
  • Everyday activities around the house and at work will also become easier.
  • Your endurance whether in sports, work, or daily life will improve and be noticeable.
  • Your resting heart rate will slow down.  This is a bi-product of your heart becoming more efficient.  When your heart is more efficient, it doesn't work as hard to pump blood through the body.
  • General everyday breathing improves.  If you take stairs, walk up inclines or go hiking, you'll notice improvements in your efficiency.

I'm Not Saying You Won't Get Results:

I'm simply saying that at first and even as you continue to workout, results can be slow and it can be frustrating.  However, if you are consistent and continue to validate your workouts, the results that you want will slowly begin to appear.

Your strength will improve, your chest will grow and you will start to see your abs.  All the results you want will happen if you keep working toward it and understand that it takes time.

My Mindset Has Now Shifted And So Should Yours

Several years ago I was going to the gym 5-6 days per week.  I was tracking all of my food and trying to eat as clean and healthy as possible.  I did my best to keep my treats and cheat meals to a minimum.  I knew it wasn't perfect, but I expected more.

When the great steady results didn't come, I got frustrated.  I started missing workouts on Monday and started eating less healthy thinking it didn't matter since I wasn't getting the results I wanted.

A year or so ago, I just told myself to keep going no matter what. If I see results, great.  If not, just remember, as long as I go, the results are happening, no matter how slow they are.

This Is My Mindset Mantra:

It's better to workout regularly and not see results than to not workout regularly and know the results won't happen.

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About the Author Health Wealth

I'm just an average 40 something guy with a family who wants to help people get fit and healthy. I have a bachelor's degree in Physical Education (UTEP 1991) and a Master's degree in Kinesiology (Sam Houston State University 1993) I became a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) in 1994 from the National Athletic Trainer's Association. I became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 1999. I have worked out (mostly) in some form or fashion since high school. I'm not super fit and I don't have a six-pack. I've don't Spartan and a few other obstacle races.  I've done home fitness DVD's and worked out at gyms. I'm not a runner or a Crossfitter. I don't eat perfectly, but do understand it's importance. There are too many people who are not healthy and too many people who don't know how to enter the fitness world.  There are too many personal trainers that are not qualified to work with people, especially beginners. There are too many false thoughts, gadgets, and expectations and I want to guide people down the right path so that they have success. If I share a product or service with an affiliate link, I either use the product or know the product. I don't know everything, but I know a thing or two.

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