There are many reasons why you may not be seeing desired results in your training... The good news is most of the time it boils down to 3 or 4 common reasons.
These reasons are generally either not training for a specific goal, poor diet, inadequate intensity, or over training - perhaps a combination of these? so lets get crackin' and find the path to victory!...
#1 Have a time/outcome specific goal - time and time again I tell my clients you need to have a goal! for example, a wedding you want to get fit for or a fun run you want to get a good time in. Having a goal you can than break down a plan to help you achieve this goal by the time otherwise we end up floating through each session with no need for any outcome.
Write down your specific goal and keep it somewhere you will see it and then plan backwards to make achieving this possible.
#2 Having poor nutrition or diet - not matter how hard you train you cannot out train a poor diet, make sure your diet is well balanced diet. When we say balanced we really mean balanced; make sure you include things you really enjoy in moderation and include a wholefoods diet with as many fresh ingredients as possible.
We recommend a prep day to get your fridge looking fit and fab. Bonus hint: If the bad stuff isn't in the house, your less likely to munch on it...duh
#3 You need to reach a higher intensity - sometime in the gym when working out on your own it is easy not track your intensity as well as you can when your in a group class or having a personal training session. A heart rate monitor is a great tool to ensure your stay in the perfect 'zone'. You want to keep pushing yourself, you see your results when you push yourself to your limits.
#4 Be mindful about over training - when you exercise you put your body under stress so it is really important to rest for the recovery of your muscles. Its good practice to plan at least one full day off from training to allow your body to repair itself. Without this recovery it can lead to injury, fatigue, a decreased performance and in extreme cases neural and endocrine fatigue... and who doesn't enjoy a nice rest every now and then?
*having a rest day doesn't mean sitting on the couch all day - try going for a light walk or having a light stretching sessions.
So next time you may be feeling like you are not achieving the results you want try addressing some of these issues and see if it helps you get back on track!