It was awful. It was December 29, 2017, coming back from vacation in FL. We got in early and being a dork, I did a twist and lift with my 45 lb luggage in the back of the SUV to head home. We go home. And something felt off. I stretched. Did some lower back stretching and ended up taking a nap for almost 3 hours (it was early flight).

I got up. FOOOOKKK. My back is jacked. Something isn’t right.

Long story short, as I have shared this story a lot on my social media, I have three bulging disc and dealing with degenerative disc disease.

WTF? I am 46 years old, had a EPIC 2017 and now I can’t freaking walk or flip turn in the pool because I pissed off the disc.

Well, you know me. Instead of bitching and complaining about it. I did something about it. I learned everything I could about bulging disc, went to Stratton Sport & Spine, 3x’s a week and have maintain my back exercises since this all started.

Today, I wanted to chat with you all about lower back pain, the muscles involved, why things happen the way they do and some exercises that I have done with Stratton Sport and Spine!

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!