I’ve made plenty of mistakes during my training career, who hasn’t? They’re nothing to be ashamed of and it’s all part and parcel of the learning experience.  Someone once told me years ago, if we you’re immediately good at everything, then what’s the point? You’ll never grow.

Here are some of the mistakes I’ve made over the years:

  • Not listening to my body when it has been injured, fatigued, over trained
  • Not having clear goals
  • Trying to achieve too much at the same time
  • Having too many isolation exercises in my routine
  • Ignoring the big compound movements
  • Spending too much time training small muscle groups
  • Training 15+ hours a week
  • Ignoring cardio & conditioning
  • Trying to out train bad eating habits
  • Ignoring my diet & nutrition
  • Relying too much on supplements
  • Not including any speed/explosive movements
  • Ignoring strength based training
  • Not getting enough sleep

Each of these points could be it’s own topic and in the future I will probably base a couple of posts on these points. But for now it is just a short list of the many mistakes that have shaped my training to where it is now. The important thing to take away from your mistakes are the lessons that they impart.

“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” Paulo Coelho, Brida

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