4 Ways to Sabotage Your Training | STACK
X

Become a Better Athlete. Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter.

4 Ways to Sabotage Your Training

December 26, 2012 | Wray Watkins

Must See Training Videos

The main reason why you spend hours in the weight room is to improve as an athlete. However, making progress can sometimes be difficult. If you are failing to reach your training goals, it's time to reassess. You may need to correct one or more of these four common training mistakes, all of which can sabotage your training.

Lack of a Plan

Failure to plan is planning to fail. Every training program needs a starting point, a progression and an end goal. A program without any type of structure always fails to produce results. This is the difference between athletes who "train" and everyone else who just "work out." It's also the difference between an intentional act of improvement and a hobby.

Take the time and set up challenging but attainable goals—both short- and long-term—and find an efficient and relevant program to achieve those goals. An athlete stepping into the gym without a goal is like an athlete stepping on the field or court without a game plan. (Learn how to form an off-season workout schedule.)

Inconsistency

The body needs to be repetitively stressed, or overloaded, to force it to make desired adaptations. Inconsistency can creep up slowly and stall any training program. Find ways to make yourself accountable, such as training with a group or a partner—or use a professional coach to keep you consistent. Many successful athletes have an intrinsic nature to stick to a plan and maintain consistency.

Poor Technique

Failing to use proper technique and form when training derails progress in many ways. First, you will not receive the maximum benefit from each exercise. Second, making matters worse, you will create muscle imbalances and weaknesses that can sabotage your performance on the field. Third, you will raise the risk of potential injury. The number one goal of training is to prevent injury. If you don't have proper form, you may put unnecessary stress on your body that can cause an injury over time. (Read more about the importance of technique.)

Inadequate Nutrition

Your body needs to be fed the right way to perform at peak levels. You don't have to go overboard and become overly particular with what you eat. But you do need to follow a nutrition plan that will optimize your performance and fuel muscle recovery. Check out STACK's nutrition section for articles on proper nutrition. If more advice is needed, seek out a nutritionist.

Wray Watkins
- Wray Watkins is the director of strength and conditioning at MVP Sports Centers in Lake Forest, Calif. He has worked with athletes from the NFL,...
Wray Watkins
- Wray Watkins is the director of strength and conditioning at MVP Sports Centers in Lake Forest, Calif. He has worked with athletes from the NFL,...
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

Hanley Ramirez's Explosive Sled Row

11 Strategies for Getting More Done During Your Workouts

Jump Higher and Faster With Transitional Med Ball Box Jumps

Game Changer: Should You Be Using Machines or Free Weights?

WATCH: Clay Matthews Move the Earth in New Muscle Milk Ad

Introducing Youth to Off-Ice Hockey Training

WATCH: Jos

6 Things the Best Athletes Have in Common

Preparation Nation: Hoover Buccaneers Basketball

The Comeback Kid: How Scott Kazmir Resurrected His MLB Career

GHD Sit-Up: The Worst CrossFit Exercise?

31 Pro Athletes Workouts That Will Inspire You in 2015

How to Stay Safe When Exercising in Cold Weather

Why You Need to Follow the F.I.T.T. Principle

Greene's Lantern: Riding With 'Soul'

Find Your Hidden Weaknesses

5 Common Rowing Machine Mistakes Beginners Make

WATCH: Jon 'Bones' Jones's Brutal Uphill Sprints

The Easiest Fixes for 4 Common Exercises

Kelly Clark: Strong Enough to Fly

WATCH: Jos

Make the Most of Your Pre-season Training

Training With Performance Pyramids

7 Training Tips from Professional Triathlete Linsey Corbin

Sanya Richards-Ross Looking Sharp in the Gym, Training for Rio

Athlete Assessment: Tips to Get You Started

5 Workout Lessons Every Athlete Must Learn

Make Your Training Weaknesses Your New Strengths

How Lolo Jones Got Lean After Bobsledding

Above and Beyond: STACK Velocity Sports Performance San Diego

Why CrossFit Is Perfect for Me

Antonio Brown Built His Ridiculous Footwork With Pilates

WATCH: D.J. Campbell's Net Wall Explosive Pull-Up

The Training Formula Behind Drew Brees's 5 TD Passes

WATCH: 3 Power Moves for the Diamond from Edwin Encarnaci

Inside the Athlete Factory

31 Fitness Experts You Should Follow in 2015

Kaitlin Sather Nielsen Does It All

Training Trash Bin: Dumbbell Side Bends

What's Up With Elite NBA Players Losing Weight?

6 Training Ideas Shaping the Future of Fitness

Katie Eberling: One Athlete, Many Sports

The 4-Day Deloading Plan for Recovery

Breaking Down Eddie Lacy's Untacklable Performance

WATCH: Darnell Dockett's Explosive Sled Row with Training Mask