Hi, lately when I have been doing, say, my squats they seem so much harder to do now than when I first started. It was a piece of cake but now not so much. Does gaining muscle weight sort of add weight to your exercises? I don't believe I've gained any fat, definitely not more than I already started with. Anyone else feel like the same exercises became more challenging during the first couple months of working out?
This happens to me too from time to time. I have a couple of theories. 1. You might be tired for some reason. Stress, not getting enough sleep, the time of your menstrual cycle, not getting proper nutrients without noticing. And sometimes we can just get tired from no particular reason at all. 2. Your form is better. When we start working out we often don't pay enough attention to form and all exercises seem pretty simple. As you get stronger, you start working your muscles harder, for example going lower into squats or really tightening your abs while doing crunches. This will give the impression that the exercises get harder but the real reason is that you are working harder.
Don't be disheartened at all. There's a few reasons this can be happening. The main one is that your body is tired and hasn't had the time to recover. Another possibility is that your body isn't used to working as hard as it is. It happens to everyone when they start working out for the first time. If that is the case just push through it. It's a good sign that what your doing is working good good luck
This shouldn't happen on the regular. But without any bluff, examine your workouts and make sure your form is correct. Also what you're doing outside of the gym (eat, sleep, smoking) is huge.
You only get stronger on your rest/rehab time. If you're dedicating your rest days to recovering, you will not only recover, but you will prepare yourself mentally to kill your next workout. Stay focused it will happen, it always does :)