I love reading T-nation. This website is something like the “Holy Bible” to me, in terms of workouts and nutrition! Yesterday, while I was going through Ben Bruno’s Good Reads , I stumbled over this article “5 Mistakes That Killed My Progress”. This made me think about the mistakes that I’ve made in my past- the once that killed my progress!
1. Not following a structured workout program and just doing the exercises I like
This is one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made! When I started lifting weights, at the beginning I had progress, probably because until then I have never touched a weight in my entire life!
And after all , it is normal to have quick progress, when you are new at something. But not long after that, there came a moment, when I was just treading on one place. And not because I wasn’t making enough effort or because I was cheating. Actually, I always give my best, at times it even looks like pure masochism. Te problem was that back then, I still didn’t have the knowledge to structure my own training program. Every morning I woke up with a big desire to work out, but just for the sake of working out!
I had big dreams of being able to do pull ups, push- ups, walk on hands, squat with heavy weights… but a dream is just a dream, until you take the particular actions, that will turn your dream into a goal!
Working out without a clearly, defined program, I just went to practice and I did the exercises I liked… push-ups? Absurd! Back then I told myself “I can’t do push-ups and today I am not feeling good, so I better do something I am good at!”
Handstands? Have you lost your mind? You have shoulder injuries and you could fall and injure yourself!
Bulgarian squats? No way! I’d rather flip some tires!
And thus the time went by… I was wasting my efforts and I never seemed to progress! Until the day, I (more…)