Sunday, March 17, 2013

You're not supposed to do it that way...

I cannot stress this enough: keep a physical (non-online) training journal. The utility from keeping a physical journal does not just come from seeing your progress from week to week and month to month, but rather the tiny notes you can write about each movement. As you train, you need to discern what grips, stances, and cues work for YOU, and put them into action time and time again.

It is too often trainees (myself included on a grand scale) defer all of their lifting knowledge from the myriad of gurus and experts on the internet. Most of this information is targeted towards beginners (who need enough general information to prevent fucking up on a large scale), or is tailored to the particular lifter it worked for.

My advice to you is this:
Always be open and listen to others. Someone will always know something missing from your data banks. Be open to experimentation and calibration, but never forget what has worked for you.

Be a mensch, get stronger.

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