It is easy to cling onto certain ideas and let our biases shape what we do. This is particularly true when it comes to training for strength. We can end up on a very narrow and focused path and if we just take a step back to look at the bigger picture we might notice that we add or exclude certain things which aren’t necessary or even helpful for our original goals.
I’ll share 5 of the things that I see people with the goal of getting stronger clinging on to which are not necessary and sometimes even detrimental.
The more you can dig down into the why of your goal - Why do you want to get stronger?
Why have you chosen these particular lifts to define your strength?
Then the easier it becomes to guide how you go about achieving that. Remember you are individual and you have your own motivations for doing what you do, you can set your own path and don’t have to get stuck to the ideas that others have had before you.
Keep reading to find out 5 of the things you thought where non-negotiable when it comes to get stronger but you might actually be better off without.
In this week’s blog I’ll share 5 of the most common fallacies I come across when it comes to diet and fat loss. These ideas or pre-conceptions bias our opinions and give us a reduced sense of confidence in actually being able to make a change in our body. Normally we latch onto extreme ideas which are hard to shake off and these misconceptions can cause our efforts to be focused in the wrong areas or set us up with poor expectations on what we can or should achieve. Some of these have been around for years, have been continually debunked but yet still stick around. It just serves to highlight that you should question what you believe, try to figure out why you believe it or where the original idea came from. Hopefully dispelling some of these myths will help make things a bit clearer and make the path to your success a little easier.
In this blog I’ll share 5 benefits of Olympic Weightlifting that are either unique or at least more apparent than for other forms of weight training or exercise. As usual, these benefits are multi-faceted and extend beyond simply physical benefits to psychological and social.
The aim of this is not to tell you that you should try or take up Olympic Weightlifting but merely to share the benefits and give you some insight so that you can make the decision yourself if it is right for you. Like any high-skill movement, Olympic Weightlifting should be performed with the expert guidance of a coach. In-person is always better but there is guidance, tutorials and advice available online which means if you aren’t able to find a local coach then there are still options to get involved.
Allan Young is a Personal Trainer and coach educator in Glasgow who operates Strength Coach Glasgow and is a 4x Scottish Champion Olympic Weightlifter.