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5 Huge Workout Cheats WHY YOU CANT BUILD MUSCLE

What's up, guysé Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.COM. Would you get pissed if I called you a cheateréNow, don't take offense because we all are to some degree. See, if you're working out and you're liftingweights, you're cheating. And it's not because you're consciously trying to do it, guys. I made a point a couple weeks ago in a tutorialwe did on ab training and specifically how our hip flexors take over for our abs where I said one comment, that our bodiesare masters of compensation, and I think it

might have blown by that too quickly. See, the fact of the matter is our bodiesare so damn smart. And in order to get them to respond to ourtraining, we have to force them to not be so efficient with what we're doing in theweight room. We have to make our workouts inefficient froma standpoint of, we can't let our bodies tell us the movement patterns they want to movein because guess whaté They'll cheat. They'll cheat around your strengthdeficits. They'll make every single move we do easier.

So what I wanted to do was just showcase afew of them to show you just how our bodies take over and make exercises that should be done oneway make us do them completely different and at the same time they rob us of the resultsthat we should be seeing while doing them. So, right away, if you're going to do yourshoulder training, you can pretty much guarantee that unless you're consciously examining howyou're doing each rep, you're probably cheating on those reps, andI can tell you you're probably costing yourself some shoulder size in the process.

First of all, I call it the Traps Trap. Whenwe're doing a Side Lateral Raise, what likely happens hereé What we know, and you can alwaysanalyze this part of the exercise, you're just trying to work that dumbbell fromsomewhere down at your side to out at your side because you know that's how the exerciseis executed. But we don't know how we get there and whatmuscles are helping us do it. And a lot of times, anything that's in the area of themuscle you're trying to work will try to contribute. In this case, the traps take over to a largedegree. The Traps Trap is that while I'm trying to get this dumbbell up, I let my traps shrugand help pull up.

You can see that just by shrugging, I'm ableto elevate this arm higher, but it's not really focusing on the side delt that I'm tryingto really have do the exercise. So, we don't want that to happen. That cheatis one that's not going to help you in the long run. So what we try to do is let the arm stay,I've demonstrated this in a previous tutorial, stay low and almost like it's going undera fence. Try to reach up and under the fence. If you at least do that, you're depressingthe shoulder on this side, try to keep the trap out of it, and reachup and out. You can still bend a little bit

at the arm, but that is even a little bitof a cheat. I'm ok with it because you have to adapt byallowing for a little bit heavier weight if you do that because you're basically shorteningyour movement arm here, ok. But, if you're going to keep it straight outthen obviously now you've got more gravity here pushing down on your arm that way itbecomes essentially heavier, ok, so, that's 2 cheats in 1. Next is another area of the shoulder. It'sthe front delts, and we've done this before, too.

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6 Muscle Gaining Mistakes SLOW OR NO GROWTH

What's up, guysé Jeff Cavalier, AthleanX . Today I'm dishing out the truth to the reasonswhy you might not be building muscle. I think I'm more qualified here to speak about thistopic than anybody because I lived that. I lived those problems, I've had those samestruggles. I couldn't build muscle. This was actually me. You guys have asked to see whatI looked like. This is me. I dug up some old footage the other day. I was looking throughsome old home movies. That's me, in high school. Painfully thin,unable to put on muscle. Things have changed for me though, because I've learned from alot of my mistakes. I think if I can talk

about some of those mistakes then you mightbe able to avoid them, too. The very first thing that I learned quickly,early on was that I was overtraining. Overtraining, I've talked about in many tutorials before. It'sa very real thing and a very real thing that sets up a roadblock for many guys that considerthemselves to be hard gainers, or just unable to add muscle. You see, we always think that more is better.We've been conditioned in this society to think that more is better. When it comes totraining, more is not better. More is not better. Only the right amount of the righttype of training is better. As soon as you

start going down that path you become evenmore likely to continue to go down that path because you try more and that doesn't work. So what do you doé You do even more, and thenyou do even more. Before you know it you're doing 55 sets for chest alone and your chestlooks like shit. So you want to try to follow and find the fastest way for you to cut backon what you're doing. If you're going to train – this is a very important point, this tutorialencapsulates what we're all about here at AthleanX. If you're going to be a drug free, unassistedlifter then you'd better find ways to enhance

your recovery. Most of us are not able to.Without the assistance of drugs, we're unable to recover nearly fast enough to allow ourselvesto go back to that gym to do another 55 sets, and another 55 sets and we wind up hittinga wall. It's a very real wall. Don't let anybodytell you differently. There is a wall that you hit hormonally, neurologically. You can'ttrain. You can't even bring the effort that you need to produce the gains that you'retrying to see. That leads me to my next point. Guess what most people do wrong when they'retrying to build muscleé You may be shocked when is ay this; you'reundertraining. How can you be undertraining

and overtrainingé Because undertraining iswhen you show up at the gym thinking that just by walking into the gym and gracing everyonewith your presence, swiping your gym card, grabbing your protein shake and then headingover the leg extension machine that you're going to build muscle. If you head to a gym and your goal is to countreps, count to 12 over and over and over again I could save you a trip. You could have stayedhome and counted with Sesame Street as opposed to going to the gym and wasting gas if that'sall you're going to do. The numbers that you're doing in the gym, the reps that you're countingdon't mean shit. If you want to build muscle,

the only thing that ever matters is the intensitythat you're bringing to those numbers. If you're at 12 and it seems like you're tryingto lift a house on the 12th rep and you've got nobody around to help you, that's a goodeffort. If you're at 12 and you're doing this and you're looking around and you're puttingthe weights down and waiting, you go back and can do it again and you're looking forwardto the next set, you go down and you're looking forward to the next set just because it'ssooner for you to get out of the gym; you're not training with nearly the intensity thatyou need to make changes. So how do you manipulate the twoé How do youmanage the twoé It's actually kind of easy.

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