|We all made mistakes back in the day - in part, because there was very little good training information available to us. Things are different today - and that's good news!|
Hail to the Dinosaurs!
We all make mistakes, and I'm no
different than anyone else.
But there's a good side to making
mistakes. Hopefully, it teaches you
a better way of doing things.
And if you're really lucky, you can
learn from other people's mistakes.
That saves time, effort and wear
So I thought I'd share The Top 10
Training Mistakes I Made When I
Was a Kid. Hopefully, this will help
you avoid making some of the
mistakes that I made.
Don't laugh too hard when you read
these. They were things I did in junior
high and high school -- a very long
time ago. And in my defense, we all
made these mistakes back then.
1. I read the muscle magazines.
a. Worse, I believed them.
2. I tried the Get Big Drink.
a. I did NOT get big. I got sick.
b. Very sick.
3. I used soy-based protein powder.
a. We all did. And it was terrible for
d. Smelled and tasted like raw
4. I didn't do Olympic lifting.
a. For some reason. Olympic lifting
all but disappeared in the USA in
the 60's and 70's.
b. I really wish our coaches had trained
us in Olympic lifting. What a difference
it would have made.
c. Even teaching us power cleans, high
pulls and push presses would have been
a huge improvement.
5. I used machines instead of free
a. Including the Universal Gym.
b. Of course, all the pro athletes did
the same thing.
c. Related point: I should have used
heavy awkward objects.
d. I should have done old-school
dumbbell training (the kind I teach
in Dinosaur Dumbbell Training).
6. I did long, slow running instead of
sprints and other fast, short-burst cardio
a. The long, slow stuff didn't have very
much carry-over to wrestling, which is
what I was training for in high school --
but it's what all of us did back then.
7. I used high-volume bodybuilding
a. The magazines said that was the
way to be a champion.
b. It wasn't.
c. And besides, why train like a body-
builder if you were a wrestler?
8. I didn't do anywhere near enough leg
and back work.
a. None of us did.
9. I didn't do anywhere near enough grip
a. I don't think my high school even had
anything for the grip -- other than a wrist
roller thingie on the Universal Gym.
b. I wish I had done the farmer's walk
c. Or used thick handled barbells and
10. I didn't do enough bodyweight training --
which would have been an excellent program
for a high school wrestler.
a. The muscle magazines never said anything
about bodyweight training.
So there you have it: 10 big mistakes that I
made almost 50 years ago.
And here's the thing -- many people are still
making one or more of those mistakes -- or
very similar mistakes -- and some people are
making all of them.
That's a shame. There's a much better way
of doing things. I teach it in all of my books
and courses, from Dinosaur Training, to
Chalk and Sweat, to Strength, Muscle
and Power, to Dinosaur Bodyweight
Don't make my mistakes. Train the right
way. Unlock your true potential.
As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, make it a
Yours in strength,
P.S. Chalk and Sweat is a great book for
beginners, intermediates and advanced
P.S. 2. My other books and courses
are right here:
Hard-copy and PDF
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Those
who ignore the lessons of history are
doomed to repeat them -- and that
includes the lessons of the Iron
Game." -- Brooks Kubik
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