Wikipedia tells us that strength training, when performed properly, can “provide significant functional benefits and improvement in overall health and well-being.” I call it the “Fountain of Youth.” Train correctly and you can expect bigger and stronger muscles, less fat, better joint function, and reduced potential for injuries of all kinds, as well as greater heart health.
However, to experience the benefits you need to do it the right way! I am a HUGE advocate of making sure you know what you are doing. Today, in no particular order, you will find the “10 Strength Training Mistakes 🏋🏼.” This is NOT only for triathletes and runners, but also for athletes that have been doing strength training for quite some time. And here we go with Dave Letterman’s version of
“Top 10 Strength Training Mistakes 🏋🏼”
10) Comparing Yourself to Others
This is probably one of the biggest causes of injury in the gym. Whether weightlifting, strength training, or enjoying an aerobic workout, never compare yourself to anyone else. There are always going to be people who are bigger, stronger, and leaner than you are. No two people are identical, and when you start allowing someone else’s superior gene pool, diet, and workout program to affect your attitude and expectation of your personal results, you are headed down a path of endless frustration and injury.
As a triathlete, if you start comparing yourself to other athletes in the pool, the road, and the gym, this could cause injury. For example, you need to develop and follow your own plan as a triathlete, and be proud of your efforts, because only you know what to expect from yourself. I tell my athletes, leave the EGO at the door! (more…)