How To Work Out Your Weaknesses And Get Strong: Part 1
By Andy Bolton
There is a saying in STRENGTH TRAINING that goes like this:
“You are only as strong as your weakest link”
And you know what? It’s very true.
A great example is when I pulled over 1000lbs for the first time and then it took me several years (and several missed attempts) before I beat that first 1003lbs pull with a pull of 1008lbs.
Now I’ll be honest with you…
If I’d better assessed my weaknesses, I would have pulled1008lbs much sooner than I did.
Once I worked out what my MAJOR WEAKNESS was – MY GRIP, the solution was simple. Train my grip hard and the results will follow.
Sure enough, 1008lbs fell easier than 1003lbs did once I hit my grip work hard.
The question is… WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR WEAKNESS(ES) right now?
Before I help you to find out your weaknesses, let me just highlight a trend I see in the strength world that is holding many lifters back right now…
It could very well be holding you back too – so pay attention to what follows.
Every article I see on strength training at the moment is talking about the next best Bench variation, or the best hamstring movement, or the best way to get a bigger deadlift without training the deadlift.
I could go on – but I think you get the idea.
95% of the advice on strength training is related to the actual movements that make up your strength training program, and you’d think that makes perfect sense.
However, it doesn’t because IT MISSES THE BIGGER PICTURE.
Allow me to explain…
You can have the best training program in the world – but if you aren’t SLEEPING properly, your results will be less than optimal.
You can perform your squats with perfect form – but if your mind is weak, you will never be TRULY STRONG.
You can hit your triceps with every assistance exercise under the sun – but if your nutrition is lame, your results will be less than optimal.
See what I’m getting at?
Most people’s focus (including that of many strength coaches) is too NARROW.
Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to write several articles on ELIMINATING YOUR WEAKNESSES and you’ll get each article for FREE (just keep an eye out for my emails).
The aim is to help you correctly identify your weaknesses by looking at everything that impacts your strength – NOT JUST YOUR EXERCISE SELECTION AND TRAINING PROGRAM.
I have a little exercise for you to do before I next speak to you.
Here it is…
How To Start Figuring Out Your Weaknesses And How To Unleash Your True Strength
Simply put – when you eliminate your weaknesses you “take the brakes off” your training progress and you will start to progress faster than ever.
Here are some areas to think about before I talk to you again. Rate yourself on a scale of 1 – 10 for each area, based on how good you think you are at each (10 is best, 1 is worst):
– Technical Mastery of your chosen lifts
– Training Program Design
– Warm Ups
– Assistance Exercises
– De-load weeks
– Recovery Protocols
When you see that list, do you now see why it is stupid to just look at exercise selection and training program design when you are looking for weaknesses?
Yet that is what most people do!
Anyway, don’t worry about it – I want to help you and over the course of the next couple of weeks I’m going to give you some great advice that will show you how to you identify and eliminate your weaknesses more successfully than ever before.
Keep an eye out for part 2 (I’ll email it to you) and hit the Facebook “Like” Button below and leave a comment.