3 reasons why guys (and ladies) fail see results from their workouts

3 reasons why guys (and ladies) fail see results from their workouts

I just finished answering a customer email where he asked me to critique his workouts because his progress had stalled…

He had started losing weight – but then it abruptly stopped and he’d been stuck for quite some time.

So, I thought I’d pass along to you what I told him to help him out in case you too weren’t seeing the results you expected when you started hoisting your KBs.

This gentleman showed me his workout but the most glaring thing was this:

Nothing ever changed.

He did the same thing on each day he trained (different exercises each day).

And that’s –

REASON #1: You MUST Create Some Form Of Overload

… Which is what I told him.

You must:

[+]  Increase your reps per set

[+]  Increase the number of sets you do

[+]  Increase the load/weight you do

[+]  Increase the amount of work you do in the same time

[+]  Keep the amount of work you do constant, but decrease the time in which you do it

Many people just do the same old thing.

At first, it works. You see results.

Then, the stimulus to create change is no longer a stimulus.

And that’s one reason you stop seeing results – your results stall out.

REASON #2: Random Acts of Variety

“I feel like doing Get Ups today…”

“I don’t feel like doing Swings today…”

Many people don’t see results because they are constantly “changing it up” so they “don’t get bored” and as a result, their body has no idea what they’re asking it to do.

A violinist doesn’t “mix it up” by playing the guitar on Tuesdays, the cello on Wednesdays, the Bass on Thursdays, and then for a “challenge,” the piano on Fridays to “keep it fresh.”

No, he plays the violin every day, and changes what he plays.

There has to be some “continuity” in your training program so your body can adapt.

Sure, you can use a variety of similar and / or related movements:

2-Hand Swing, 1-Hand Swing, Hand-to-Hand Swing…

Goblet Squat, Single KB Front Squat, Double KB Front Squat…

Single Military Press, Double Military Press, Bottoms Up Press…

You get the point, right?


You can also inject variety by changing the set and rep schemes, the size KBs you use, and even the rest periods.

Each will have a different effect and produce a different outcome.

REASON #3: Inconsistency.

Many people are “Consistently Inconsistent” – 

Meaning something always comes up and gets in the way of their workouts.

They train 2 days one week… 1 day the next week… then 3 days (!)… then back to 2 days… 

Then they “pull a muscle” and “have to” take 2 weeks off…

And as they go to bed tonight they’ll look back and wonder why they haven’t achieved the goals they set for themselves on January 1st…

“This kettlebell-thing just isn’t working…” 

… They’ll say to themselves.

No, amigo. YOU’RE not working!

BONUS – REASON #4: They Eat More to Accommodate For Their Workouts

Here’s one that may resonate with you:

You workout, you get a little hungry, or hungrier than normal, so you eat more.


4 weeks later, the scale hasn’t moved or worse –

The scale is up!

(And your clothes are tighter in the wrong places!)

Look, if your goal is to “lose weight,” you have to put the proverbial “knife to your throat” and not eat so much.

Working out isn’t a license for pigging out.

If you’ve “struggled with your weight,” you can’t just “wing it.” 

You have to know what you’re eating.

All of it.

Usually the best you can do if you keep your food intake the same, is lose a few pounds or inches each month because you have a scientifically designed training program you’re following.

So don’t be that guy or girl who lies to himself/herself, ok?

Are there other reasons people don’t make progress? 


But those are the major ones.

If you need a KB workout program to follow so you don’t have to try to figure out how to construct one yourself, I’ll leave the information for some of my most popular ones in the video description below.

RESOURCES (Add Into The Video Description)

SWING HARD! https://salutis.kartra.com/page/SWING-HARD-2 

  • GOAL: Improve conditioning, burn fat
  • 10 x “Swing Only” programs
  • 3x week, 15 to 30 minute workouts
  • Exercises used: 2-H Swing, 1-H Swing
  • Single kettlebell

Kettlebell GHFL https://go.chasingstrength.com/kettlebell-ghfl-4/ 

  • GOAL: Burn stomach fat without dieting
  • 12-week program
  • 3x week, 20 to 30 minute workouts
  • Exercises used, Novice: 2-H Swing, 1-H Swing
  • Exercises used, Intermediate: Snatch, Single KB Thruster (Front Squat-to-Press)
  • Exercises used, Advanced:Double KB Snatch, Double KB Thruster, Double KB Clean + Push Press, Double KB Clean + Jerk
  • Single (Novice & Intermediate) and double kettlebell (Advanced)

The King-Sized Killer https://cart.chasingstrength.com/ksk2 

  • GOAL: Improve conditioning, burn fat, get stronger
  • 3x “Snatch Only” programs
  • 3x week, 20 minute workouts
  • Exercises used: Snatch
  • Single kettlebell

‘THE GIANT’ https://salutis.kartra.com/page/oWP219 

  • GOAL: Get stronger, burn fat, build muscle, improve conditioning
  • 5x “Clean + Press Only” programs
  • 3x week, 20 to 30 minutes
  • Exercises used: Single KB Clean + Press, Double KB Clean + Press
  • Single or double kettlebell

Kettlebell RMF

Kettlebell MAXIMORUM https://go.chasingstrength.com/kettlebell-maximorum-e/ 

  • GOAL: Get stronger, build muscle, “recomp” burn fat, improve conditioning
  • 12-week program
  • 4x week, 20-30 minutes 
  • Exercises uses: Snatch, Double Clean + Press, Double Front Squat
  • Single and double kettlebell

Kettlebell STRONG! https://cart.chasingstrength.com/strong4 

  • GOAL: Get significantly stronger, 
  • SIDE EFFECTS: Build muscle, “recomp,” burn fat, improve conditioning
  • 48-weeks of programming
  • 3x week, 20-30 minutes 
  • Exercises used: Double Clean + Press
  • Double kettlebell

Kettlebell W.O.D. https://salutis.kartra.com/page/Iyq450 

  • GOAL: Workout consistently, burn fat, build muscle, improve conditioning
  • 53 weeks of programming
  • 5x week, 20 minutes
  • Exercises used: All of them 🙂
  • Single and double kettlebell

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