Muscle building can feel like an impossible process. So many people put their time in with resistance training and see little to no results. Because of this, plenty of lifters quit before they get anywhere close to their goals.

Why are people failing to build muscle? Let’s look at some common reasons.

  1. Lack of Consistency – You’re missing too many workouts. It’s ok to miss a small handful of workouts each year, but not each month.
  2. Lack of Progress – You’re not pushing for progressive overload. If you aren’t challenging your body, it has little reason to grow.
  3. Poor Exercise Selection – Are you choosing the most challenging barbell and dumbbell exercises, or avoiding them?
  4. No Patience – Muscle building takes weeks, months, and years. You might be making progress, but expecting too much in too short a period of time is not realistic. Patience is key. Stick with it.