How To Get Out of A Strength Rut

I remember when I first started working with Bret back in 2009. I’d never hired a coach before, nor had I followed a proper program—or even learned how to lift correctly.

My programming previously relied on a notebook and a round-robin approach to machines and dumbbells.

Oh, these machines work your back. Let’s do all of those. I know lunges, squats, leg extension, and leg press work the legs. Let’s do all of them today. ALL OF THEM!!!

Once Bret put me on a program and told me stop doing all the things all the time, my body responded quickly. Oh, so quickly. It was glorious!

I was hungry for more.

That lasted a good 18 months and then I stalled out. Big time. I pushed through attempting heavier lifts even though my body was warning me against them. Soon I was in a cycle of injury, recovery, slowing re-introducing the gym, and kaput again.

I was stuck. I was angry.

All my hard work seemed fruitless as I foresaw my destiny to only be so strong; to...

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