Getting stronger from your kettlebell workouts but not seeing a difference in the mirror?

Getting stronger from your kettlebell workouts but not seeing a difference in the mirror?

What to do if you’re getting stronger but not seeing a difference in the mirror.

Ever have that thought?

Honestly, I have.

Worse, there have been times when I’ve actually seen things go south.

(Like that time I did a swing & push up challenge and lost muscle and gained body fat…) 

In fact, from what I can tell, this is actually a pretty common problem in the KB community.

There are 5 reasons why:

#1 – TOO MUCH Work

I briefly mentioned this in a recent email to my subscribers.

Some of us – maybe you – can make our bodies do the bidding of our minds.

Our minds become a slave driver over our bodies, if you will.

We end up pushing, and pushing, and pushing, and pushing ourselves, and our bodies can’t keep up.

This is one of the reasons why when guys write in asking me “what’s a good number of reps to hit compared to others” for one of ‘THE GIANT’ or ‘EASY MUSCLE’ programs, I tell them not to compare themselves to others.

Some guys can hit 100 reps in a session.

Me? 

No. Way. In. H-E-double-hockey sticks.

I’m not wired that way.

Every time I attempt something like that, I burn out and get fat. 

If I keep pushing, my strength plummets.

#2 – Not Enough RECOVERY

This is the other side of the “TOO MUCH Work” coin.

True Story: 20 years ago, my wife graduated from Duke University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. It was an incredibly rigorous time for both of us.

I was working about 90-100 hours a week, training clients and building my business.

Plus, I was lifting HEAVY.

To celebrate her achievement, we went to St. Croix in the Caribbean for 10 days. 

For the first 3 days I barely left the cabana.

I barely worked out and when I did, it was body weight and bands, and my “diet” was mostly cheeseburgers and fries.

When I came home, I measured my body fat for kicks and giggles.

I’d LOST 3% body fat and gained 5lbs of muscle.

#3 – Drinking Too Much Alcohol

Alcohol is treated like a poison by your body.

As such, it’s preferentially metabolized above everything else, until it’s been removed.

As you can imagine, this interferes with both burning fat and building muscle.

So, if you want to strip off that spare tire, or build up your arms and shoulders, cut back to a couple of drinks a week.

#4 – Eating TOO MUCH

This often goes hand-in-hand with #1 and #2. 

You subconsciously know that you need more energy, because, well, you’re dragging your butt through the day. 

So, you eat more. (And sometimes drink more too.)

And that more is of the wrong things – usually a fatty-carby mix of salty-sweet, which makes you feel full, and hits those “feel good” dopamine receptors in your brain.

#5 – NOT Eating ENOUGH…

… PROTEIN.

Protein is the closest thing to a wonder drug.

Eat ONLY protein and the fat practically falls off your body.

Eat EXTRA protein, and you can pack on muscle, without any fat.

Eat ENOUGH protein, and you’ll kill your cravings.

If you need help putting a plan together with the right amount of work, the right amount of recovery, and the right amount of protein, so you can strip off those love handles, build some noticeable muscle, while getting stronger in the process…

I have 63 pages of reviews from folks just like you who said this program did the trick for them.

https://go.chasingstrength.com/burn-sa1/ 

 

Stay Strong,

Geoff

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