The Top 3 Reasons Your Muscle Isn’t Growing Faster

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After reading this, leaveyour comments for Dr. K and I and we’ll sort you out.


The Top 3 Reasons Your Muscle Isn’t Growing Faster

by Dr. Kareem F. Samhouri, CSCS, HFS

Metabolic Fat Loss & Strength Expert

  1. You haven’t reached your neuromuscular potential
  2. You’re imbalanced
  3. You aren’t resting properly

At least 2 of these 3 reasons are stopping 99% of people who are strength training from gaining 60-70% of the muscle they can gain.  If you want to be a hard-gainer, you need to fix these issues right away.

Let’s go through each one of these points in greater detail.

You Haven’t Reached Your Neuromuscular Potential:


I know, weird word, hard to pronounce, probably unnecessary :-)

Basically, I’m referring to your ability to send an effective nerve signal from your brain all the way to your muscle.  There are 2 main kinds of fatigue that can take place when you’re exercising:

1)  Muscular fatigue (muscle gets tired first)

2)  Neuromuscular fatigue (nerve gets tired first)

  • Muscular fatigue happens when you get enough signal strength to your muscle, it contracts like crazy, and it eventually wears out. This happens all the time when you exercise, but it’s probably only happening to SOME of your muscle fibers (part of your muscle).
  • Neuromuscular fatigue happens when the signal dies before the muscle should become exhausted.  Electricity is air for a muscle, so it’s basically suffocating.

The easiest way to think about when you’ve experienced this is to think of when you’re doing bench press and your forearms get tired first.  You’re squeezing all the nerve signal you can out, and you’re firing every muscle in the area… you just run out of air.

You’re Imbalanced:

  • Do you have bigger biceps than triceps?
  • Can you bench 225 but only do a few pull ups?
  • How about Deadlifts?  Do you squat more than you deadlift?

Don’t worry – I used to be in the same boat.  It works, at least for awhile. While I was working Olympic athletes in Miami, I learned very quickly how BIG of a deal muscle imbalances are.  In an Olympian who regularly gives 110%, the injuries just show up faster… and they stop getting better at their sports.  Obviously, this is a red flag.

It’s a little harder if you don’t have a team of medical professionals constantly evaluating you.  That’s why you need a sound exercise program that considers muscle balancing.  Your injuries may take months or years to show up, so its easy to forget about avoiding them.  The only thing is that they may eventually stop you from ever being big again.

I’d hate to see that…

Did you know that if you just worked on biceps curls for the next 6 months, and you never did any tri’s, you would start to lose muscle in your biceps?

Your body will correct this imbalance.  It needs to.  Otherwise, it’s only a matter of time until it breaks down.  I don’t want this for you, and I know you don’t either.

There’s a faster way to bigger biceps, and I’m going to talk to you about this tomorrow.

Here are the top 2 things wrong with isolation exercises common to most bodybuilding programs:

1)  It’s almost impossible to choose 2 opposite exercises that match exactly.  Bench press and lat pull are not equals.  Biceps curls & skull crushers are also not equal.

2)  Isolation exercises are open-chain exercises (non weight-bearing), so they lead to tons of torque in your joints and often lock up joints, which decreases range of motion and prevents you from fully elongating and shortening your muscle the next time you workout.

You Aren’t Resting Properly:

There are 2 types of rest:

Active Rest – keep moving, work another body part

Passive Rest – do nothing, just chill

A good strength program incorporates both.  The key is to recover somewhat during a giant set, while allowing passive rest to take place afterwards.  This way, you can tax all 3 energy systems (ATP-PC, Anaerobic, & Aerobic), recover completely and be ready to kill it on the following set.

While it’s important to expend as much energy as possible on a particular muscle when you want it grow, it’s also important to raise your overall exercise tolerance.  By training to raise your Lactate Threshold, or anaerobic capacity, you’re increasing your tolerance to intense sets, and you’re investing in your future workouts.

A lot of people get this far… but which exercises should you do and how should they be sequenced?

Stay tuned, because tomorrow I’ll be back with some real-life examples of strength sets that incorporate both active and passive rest to recruit as much muscle as possible, raise your anaerobic capacity, and allow you to get more work done in less time.

Hope you enjoyed!

Please leave your comments below…

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10 Responses to “The Top 3 Reasons Your Muscle Isn’t Growing Faster”

  1. dirty sanchez

    Ive been reading every email I get, Im a very hard gainer. This stuff has got me fired up in a way I haven't had in a long time. THANKS Vince and Dr. Kareem

  2. Ghis

    Hi and many thanks to both of you, for your continuous help, but could you give me some technical practice help as I'm beginner and would like to work specially abdominal muscles and loose fat abominal and insight, and also as woman do not want to look as Hulk ;-) .
    Best regards

  3. Antanas

    Thanks Vince and Dr. KS. This was a really nice article and I totally understand why you wouldn't gain muscle if you aren't doing these things. And to the people who are negaitve, just don't read this if you don't like it. Don't forget that there really isnt many people who would write and give advice for free.


  4. mohammed ismail

    Wht do u mean by isolation programmes
    Do u mean like u do chest workout in a day and then the next back then the next shoulders
    A muscle workout per day or what !?

  5. Bill Glass

    Ivan, Vince is not gay… he has a fiance. Get off his dick.

  6. AusTrainer

    If you're doing a muscle gain program then it is fairly likely you will gain some fat with the muscle, so even if you train your abs to grow bigger the extra fat will make it look like there is no difference. So you could grow your abs with some resistance exercises (which I'll list next post) and then you could change your program into a cutting phase.

  7. ryan

    i don't get why all guys expect Vince to tell u every little detail for your workout .thats why u should bye his books thats where all the info u want is.u have to remember these r only guidelines to what u should do hes not going to tell u all u need to know.(HOW WILL HE SELL HIS BOOKS?)and maybe hes telling u where hes been or going to motivate u to show u how far hes come and how far u could go.remember he was once where all u guys r .all Vince wants to do is help u change your life like he did for himself so i think u should all get off his back .i for 1 think he does a great job.keep the good work up VINCE..

  8. Ivan

    Before you say Vince is skinny go check this pic out!/pages/…
    I would like to see you standing next to Vince and say that again

  9. jimbo

    what is wrong with these pricks? boys, if you don't like what he has to say then don't read the emails, remove yourself from the mailing list and there won't be a problem will there! What's that, you still want to receive the free info? Then shut the hell up and just get on with the training! Keep up the good work guys :-)


    Hey Vince,Dr.K, loved the blog, it just goes to show there is still a mountian of informatian to learn about our bodies. Cant wait to keep learning !! Cheers lads. P.s Vince like hearing about your adventures outside fittness!!!