It’s not what you think either…
It’s not going too heavy and using bad form. At least not
in my book.
Before I tell you what #1 is, indulge me in a story…
A long time ago – almost 10 years ago now, I trained a client
for a fitness competition.
We used a mixture of bodyweight and kettlebell training.
She was a very Type A personality, as am I.
You know what happens when two of those disagree, right?
Yeah. Sparks. Sometimes explosions.
Anyway, one day we were training – working on pushing up
her dipping strength and she got frustrated.
Really, really frustrated.
And that’s when she lost it and yelled at me.
“I’m not feeling worked out! Anyone can do this! I don’t
need to rest! I’m not even tired! I want a good workout!
Anyone can write this crap!”
The funny thing was, she was really tired. Just not in a
metabolic destruction huffing-n-puffing sort of way, which
is the way she associated in her brain as tired, worked
out, and good.
How do I know she was tired?
Because she couldn’t complete her prescribed reps, which
should’ve been easy but weren’t, because she was doing
2-3 KB classes a day.
Anyway, suffice to say, we stopped training together shortly
after that outburst.
And that’s the #1 training mistake that I see most KB trainees
They turn their strength workouts into metabolic workouts.
Are you making that mistake?
Here are 4 ways you can know for sure:
1. You always have to have a “killer workout.”
2. You get impatient between sets.
3. You mistake your workout for entertainment instead of
approaching it in a “business-like” manner.
(Sure, they can be “fun” to do – but the purpose is the outcome
not necessarily the process.)
4. You can’t remember the last time you saw any significant
and measurable results either in strength or body composition.
So which ones are you making?
Don’t worry – these are easy to remedy.
Here’s how you fix them – one solution for each of the
1. Make your workouts “training sessions.”
Don’t try to get tired or overly sweaty. Focus on your original
goal – a performance standard – which is what training for
2. Use your rest periods as “down” time.
Most people are always “plugged in” these days – on their
phones, computers, iPads, gaming stations, or in front of
Unplug and relax. It’ll make you stronger.
3. Focus on your results – your outcome.
Approach your workouts training sessions like solving a math
problem – take your time. If you rush through it, you’ll more
than likely make mistakes, which in a math test, will ultimately
mean you might fail.
“Failure” from an objective point of view in the training process
means failing to meet your stated goals – or getting noticeably
4. Stop doing your own thing.
You’re a professional at what you do, which is probably not
When I have a plumbing issue, other than a clogged toilet,
for example, when my irrigation line breaks, like it just did
this past weekend, am I going to go mess around digging and
try to D-I-Y it?
Heck no. I’m gonna call the irrigation company and have
them come out and repair/replace it.
You should do the same thing.
When you want to get stronger, A LOT stronger, use a pair
of KBs and do the “professional” thing – .
It’ll teach you how to stop turning your strength training into
And by actually purposefully resting and taking a “business-
like” approach to your training, not only will you get stronger –
A LOT stronger – you’ll probably lose some body fat too as
your body finally gets to recover from all your “workouts.”