Kettlebell Swing T Nation: The 5 Deadly Sins of Strength Training
1) You don’t have enough time
2) You’re not strong enough yet (or too lazy to lift heavy weights)
3) Your form sucks! (You’ve tried everything but nothing works!)
4) You don’t want to do it anymore than you have to.
5) Your muscles are sore from all your other workouts.
It’s hard to believe that there are five deadly sins of strength training. But they really exist and they are very real.
So what does it mean when someone says their form sucks?
Well, if you’re using dumbbells or barbells then maybe it means your grip isn’t strong enough. If you’re using free weights like kettle bells then perhaps it means your body doesn’t have the right type of muscle fibers to handle them properly. If you’re using machines then perhaps it means your form is bad and you need to improve it.
If you’re still having trouble understanding how these things could possibly apply to you, here’s another example: If your form sucks and your arms hurt after doing a set of pull ups, would you consider yourself a weak willed person?
Of course not! And neither should anyone else. There are no excuses for poor technique or pain.
So what does all this mean for us?
Well, if you’re having trouble getting stronger or improving your form on a certain exercise, then you need to work on your technique so that you don’t hurt yourself. Here are some tips to help you get started:
1) Get a lifting belt – Buy one that’s four or five inches wide. This will help stabilize your core so that you can lift more weight and for longer periods of time.
Sources & references used in this article:
Twirling Into Hispanic Heritage Month by U Voz, M Lands – digitalcommons.andrews.edu
Strong Like Her: A Celebration of Rule Breakers, History Makers, and Unstoppable Athletes by J O’Connell – 2011 – Hachette Books