Are You Trying Too Hard?

In the literature of fitness and bodybuilding, the philosophy of super-maxed-out, balls-to-the-wall effort on every lift is everywhere. And there’s something to be said for that philosophy. After all, if you don’t try hard, you won’t get anywhere.

But believe it or not, there’s such a thing as being too overzealous. Bodybuilders are familiar with the notion of overtraining, and in this article we’re going to investigate the negative space of the new, exploratory strength training realm. Rather than tell you what to do, I’m offering four ideas for what NOT to do.

There are sound practices and principles that improve barbell training skill and increase training career longevity. The practices below diminish skill and turn what could be brilliant training careers into sad after thoughts. In short, they won’t get you better at barbell lifts.

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Todd Bumgardner
M.S./ CSCS/ Owner of Beyond Strength Performance/ Ginger
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  1. Geoff Chafe

    You are my new hero. Keep the posts coming.I wish I had discovered you a long time ago.
    Getting stronger,

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