2. No consistency in your routine
If you’re going to go to the gym once a week, then go once a week. If you want to go 5-6 times a week, then go 5-6 times. It doesn’t matter how often or how long, just that you do what you set out to do. Don’t go to the gym twice a year and expect to see results.
In my case, I was training regularly (5-6 times a week since I started going to the gym) but my nutrition was always the problem. I had no idea how much to eat, or when, and I was drinking way too many protein shakes for my size. It was a waste, not to mention counterproductive because I ended up putting on way too much fat during my “bulk.” As a result, I ended up building a bit of muscle with a lot more fat than I was comfortable with. To top it off, my strength wasn’t progressing much. When I finally got on a program and started tracking my macros, I started progressing more steadily. It was at that point where I guess you could say things were getting pretty serious.