Jen Rulon

When performed properly, Wikipedia tells us that strength training can “provide significant functional benefits and improve 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, reduced potential for injuries of all kinds, and more excellent heart health.

However, to experience the benefits,, you must do it correctly! I am a HUGE advocate of ensuring 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 will always be people who are bigger, stronger, and leaner than you are. Unfortunately, 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 results, you are headed down a path of endless frustration and injury.

As a triathlete, comparing yourself to other athletes in the pool, the road, and the gym could cause injury. For example, you must develop and follow your plan as a triathlete and be proud of your efforts because only you know what to expect from yourself. So I tell my athletes to leave the EGO at the door!

Today let me give you my “Rulon Rules” to a Pull Up. Pull ups, especially strict pull ups, are extremely difficult for many people. Pull ups are a FANTASTIC upper body workout; we need that heading into the triathlon season for our swims!

What muscles do pull-ups work? We got a lot here:

  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Trapezius (lower and middle)
  • Rhomboids
  • Posterior Deltoid
  • Teres Major
  • Pectorals Major/Minor
  • Biceps brachii
  • Brachialis
  • Brachioradialis
  • Wrist and Hand Muscles