He continued, “You leave every sweat session feeling like your body has no choice but to grow, yet weeks pass and your scale and strength numbers seem to suggest otherwise. You may start to feel dejected by the thought of not getting the results you were expecting, but take heart: Help is here! You need a firm game plan to maximize your workouts and time in the gym.”

Dunham says, “So, who better than a panel of “gains-perts” to help you focus and guide you toward success? Like you, these fitness professionals have put in plenty of work, and they’ve also hit points where they felt like giving up.”

The difference is that they’ve fine-tuned their approach to counter stalled progress before it happens, allowing them to implement appropriate size-building tactics.

“Your body is made up of 70 percent water, which means water plays a key role in your everyday function and peak performance,” Dunham explains. “For athletes, staying hydrated is critical for performing at the intensity necessary to build lean muscle.”

Additionally, as they say, muscles are made in the kitchen, not in the gym. Pay close attention to the balance of your diet. If you are feasting on protein and not much else, it’s time to change your ways. “The notion that protein is the only important macronutrient for building muscle and strength is extremely outdated,” explains Dunham. “Carbohydrates and fats are also important in the process of building and recovering muscle.”