Why Your Muscles Won't Grow

Do you find it hard to grow certain muscles in your body? Is there a particular muscle group in your body that just will not grow? Stubborn muscles that won't grow usually mean we try to find different ways in pushing it and this could result in injury. I want to share a few ideas with you that might help promote muscle growth and get your training back on schedule.

Muscle Imbalances

If you have been exercising for quite some time now, you may have noticed within your body that certain muscles respond quicker than others. Have you noticed this? Maybe your stronger arm or leg grows quicker than the other? When this happens your body could become imbalanced and therefore isn't as functional as what it could be. You might also start to become frustrated because one part of the body reacts quicker than the rest. When this starts to happen you need to be disciplined enough to do something about the problem and not leave it. If you leave it then you could get injured and this will leave you out of the gym for longer, which I know you don't want. Here is what you can do...

Recognise the Problem

If there is a muscle within your body which is being stubborn, do not ignore it!! So the first thing you must do is recognise the problem and work out what needs to be done in order to get you back to where you were. The longer you neglect it will only result in more time to repair and recover from the issue at hand.

More Oxygen

Did you know that when you break down your muscle fibres during your workout sessions, tiny pieces of the muscle remain and stick to other muscles which form adhesion's. If they are left for long enough will scar and become lumpy around the muscles and will inhibit oxygen flow to the muscle. Have a feel around the muscles to see if this is the case with yourself and if so you will need to stretch more. When there is scar tissue around the muscle it will prevent it from being utilised properly and its range of movement will be limited. This could be the primary cause of the situation and if so you will need to start stretching more to reduce the problem.


Possibly the biggest reason why your muscle won't grow is due to overloading and not stretching it enough. How many of you constantly work your muscles, spend hours in the gym or exercising and not stretching it? Some of you will devote 5 minutes at the end to stretch but that isn't enough time especially if you have a muscle that won't respond to the load you are putting it under. When the muscle is worked on week in week out the range of movement reduces each time and flexibility is limited. This happens over time so you really need to stay on top of it by stretching regularly.


Your exercise routine could also be holding you back from growing a particular muscle group. You need to make sure you are working the muscle properly for it to break down and grow back bigger and stronger. So for some of you if you are doing the same workout routine and not progressing with your weights then this could be a big factor. You have to make sure you are progressing through your workouts, using heavier weights where needed and change your workout styles. Be sure to include different sets and rep ranges to notice a change in your physique.

In A Nutshell 

Hopefully by recognising the problem you can start to get back on track with correcting your physique. I feel your frustrations and there is nothing worse than not being able to exercise to your full potential. So with this said, make sure you follow some of these tips. Incorporate stretching at the end of your sessions and on days off from the gym. Stretch more and make your workout sessions the best they can be which will break down your muscle fibres and grow them back bigger!! Good Luck :)

About the Author

Job Role Nutritional and Fitness Advisor Qualifications Premier International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy Scott has always been active growing up being involved in different sport teams and individual sports such as boxing and Jiu Jitsu. It wasn't until Scott dislocated his left knee during a Jiu Jitsu Competition when he developed a new passion which was going to the gym. Scott studied an International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy which he has used for over 8 years in the Fitness Industry. Scott has been successful in his field in the UK and in other countries of the world. He has helped many people achieve their goals in Fat Loss, Weight gain, Hypertrophy and other areas of Health and Fitness. Scott is very passionate and is a big motivator who is going to provide you with expert advice and looks forward to helping you with your goals. There is more to see of Scott as he will be competing in Fitness Modelling competitions this year and next so keep a look out for him.
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