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Epic Mental Fail…Strength Training Tragedies Revealed!

Epic Mental Fail…Strength Training Tragedies Revealed!

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Epic Mental Fail…Strength Training Tragedies Revealed!

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Yes, today I’m going to reveal a common strength training tragedy that is simply the result of an epic mental fail within the health and fitness industry, or more specifically the health club industry. I mean as a strength coach certain things will make me want to go insane like the Joker and what I’m about to discuss in this article will do just that. Continue reading further for more details…

Strength Training Ignorance…The Virus That Is Killing The Health Clubs And Your Health!

As you know a virus is an infective agent that will spread and spread all throughout an organism wreaking havoc on its system and completely weakening its host to the point that it is deemed worthless. Now having said this the virus I’m talking about is one that has inflicted such harm on the health clubs around the globe. It is the virus of epic mental failure! In the fitness realm this is otherwise known as strength training ignorance my friend. I’ll let the photo below do the talking…

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Ok, so a while back I get an interesting message from Jeff a friend and long time follower of the blog. Evidently Jeff came across this sign which is apparently found posted on the door of a particular health club establishment that has locations across the country. All I could say was WOW.

Now I’ve got to give credit to Jeff for pointing this out to me, because it obviously gave me plenty of ammunition to produce the content of this particular blog post. As one of my long time members he made me proud by taking notice of such a travesty.

However, even though I’ve got to give Jeff props it also kicked my blood pressure up a notch knowing that this kind of stuff is so pervasive. It’s a common strength training tragedy floating around out there in the world of bells and whistles that we also refer to as the commonly recognized health club, or gym. So thanks for the BP spike Jeff! 🙂

True Strength Training Is Not Dead So Try And Relax…

Ok Breathe Brandon, Breathe Brandon, and 3,2,1 RELAX…Oh shit I tried and I can’t do it. So here goes… Now I’m not bashing this particular establishment ONLY their stupid policy which is stated on the sign on the door as seen above.

Why all of the sudden would any health club be anti-deadlift? I mean if you are using that logic then why not be anti-squat, anti-clean, or anti-lunge? What is so bad about deadlifting that it has to be banned from the club? I mean aside from improper technique possibly causing an injury what would be so bad?

Oh that’s it Brandon, it’s improper technique!!! Well if that is the case then I would say that along with improper deadlifting technique you could stack up a truckload of injuries with the application of improper lifting with squats, bench, military press, lat pulls, pull ups, and just about any other strength training  exercise you can come up with at the moment.

I mean assuming the fear of injury is the motive behind banning the deadlift from the club then why is the fear of injury not present in every other area? I mean why only single out the deadlift?

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Ok admittedly I’m working under the presumption that this establishment is concerned about an injury occurring with the deadlift, but I don’t know that for sure. So if I’m wrong then what in the hell could the reason possibly be? I mean this is the very problem with many health clubs across the globe. The problem isn’t the deadlift, the squat, the clean, or any other majorly recognized lift. Nope, the problem is ignorance and stupidity. Strength training that lacks intelligence might as well be classified as couch sitting!!!

It’s amazing to me how people are quick to attach stigmas to certain things. This is particularly true in the world of health and fitness. Once again, the bells and whistles consisting of all of the shiny machines with the monitors, the music, and the safety features have flat out left the consumer brain dead. There is no effort, no hand eye coordination, and no stimulation of the nervous system with the watered down version of the health club workout! So what are you left with? Well I’ll tell you. There is only a shiny machine, a bigger spare tire around your waist, and a lot less money in your pocket.

This is sad, but true. This sums up what is essentially the epic mental fail of a large part of the health and fitness industry. This is the strength training tragedy. So Brandon what can we do about it?

Well what does any smart individual do about any given situation? The answer is that that person has to make a choice and overcome some obstacles (more on that here). The choice is to inform yourself of the facts or continue to be restricted by useless policies and regulations such as the one presented in this very article.

What is effective in your strength training program is something that you’ve got to put some effort into just like anything else in life. Anything in life worth its weight in gold is going to take some time and commitment. Nobody is going to give that to you…you’ve got to go out and earn it. Unfortunately that’s not the society we live in so you are going to have to be the one step up to the plate and do it. Make the change yourself.

Look, in terms of a highly effective strength training lift the deadlift is close to the top of the charts in my book. In order to pull it off you’ve got to engage your hips, your core, maintain a neutral spine, and stand to lock out at the end position while maintaining sound core stability. Next to the kettlebell swing this is my favorite lift of choice. There are many similarities between the two.

The bottom line is that I’m working hard to prevent stupid things from happening such as the ban on deadlifting. Strength training should require a purpose. If you are in search of that purpose then I am here to help you out, but you are going to have to put forth some effort. If you are beginning your journey then you can start by getting yourself a copy of my Brandon Richey’s Better Than Steroids ebook right here:

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Smart training starts with knowledge and ends with its application! Remember that most anyone can train hard, but only the best train smart my friend. Feel free to drop a comment or question in the box below. Besides it’ll give you a chance to bump my blood pressure and send me on another rampage like this one! Keep training smart my friend. 

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Epic Mental Fail…Strength Training Tragedies Revealed!



I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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