Do You Make These Seven Strength Training Mistakes?

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

On the training front, let's talk about mistakes
that trainees make -- mistakes that can ruin
your progress.

1. Over-training.

a. This is the biggie, and it's an insidious mistake
because the more committed you are to your
training, the more likely you are to over-train.

b. As you get older, it becomes easier and easier
to over-train.

c. As you get stronger, it becomes easier and
easier to over-train.

2. Following a program that's too advanced for
your current level of strength and development.

a. This one is also very common, and it always
leads to over-training.

b. Following the training program of the current
top champion will NOT turn you into the champion.

3. Unrealistic expectations.

a. Too many trainees expect overnight miracles, and
when they don't get them, they think that something
is wrong with their training program -- when all they
really need to do is to put in the time it takes to get
good results.

4. Program hopping.

a. Hopping is fine for rabbits and kangaroos. It's bad
for strength training if you hop from program to
program. You need to pick a program and stay with
it long enough to get good results. This usually means
a minimum of six to 12 weeks.

5. A bad diet.

a. A bad diet will sabotage your training efforts. See
Knife, Fork, Muscle for advice about sensible diet and
nutrition for strength training:

6. Relying on food supplements to build strength
and muscle -- or to try to make up for a bad diet.

a. This is related to number 5.

b. They call them "supplements" because they are
supposed to supplement a healthy diet -- not replace
it, and not make up for a poor diet.

7. For older trainees -- not adjusting your workouts
to match your age.

a. This one is tough because none of us like to admit
that we're getting older.

b. See Gray Hair and Black Iron for details on sensible
training for older Dinos:

I could probably keep going with many more
mistakes that trainees make -- but seven is
enough for today.

As always, thanks for reading and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one - and
don't make any of the mistakes we just covered!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. Do you have my FIRST book - the original
"little blue monster" - the one they call "the
Bible of strength training" - the one that
started the Dinosaur Revolution way back
in 1996? If not, go here to grab it:

P.S. 2. My other books and courses are right here:

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "You can't avoid
making mistakes, but you can try to reduce
the number of mistakes you make -- and try
to avoid repeating them." -- Brooks Kubik