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    ad5ly is offline Senior Member
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    Default Reason for failure to reach strength goals (imho)

    Apart from just picking crappy programs or methods with the plan to self improve in the strength department, I have determined (in my case anyway) that the top reason that strength goals are not fully realized is the ability of my self to continually reinjure myself - usually as a result of hardheadedness or ego while training. I am not injured now, but I've done plenty to derail and sabatoge (sp?) my progress on a regular basis for many years now. I have trained for many decades and have even experienced the excitement of knowing that HEY I AM FINALLY MAKING GOOD PROGRESS HERE!! HOOORAY!!...Only to stupidly hurt myself and set myself back for months. Yes I did not even see it coming. I'm at my mid 60's now and I would have hoped that I would be ALOT farther along than I am now. Sure I am in good shape for my age. I believe more so than most. BUT I AM NOT SATISFIED!!...If only I had a Time Machine. What I know now - would been GOLDEN back in my 20's and 30's..Just venting here..hehehe!!!...Dennis

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    Oh, yeah, I feel that! Have had/done my share of self-inflicted. Though in another way I feel very fortunate because my addiction to thrill sports and martial arts did not result in any injuries that were permanently debilitating. Could have gone either way at least a couple times.

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    ad5ly is offline Senior Member
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    Thanks Geoffrey. I don't feel so alone now..hehehe!!. I think you are about my age, correct? Anyway, I will be finishing up this current block of kettlebell training for cutting the fat in a few weeks. KBs and Intermittant Fasting I will say have been highly successful. In doing IF I have shedded plenty of fat. The downside (for me anyway) is that my barbell strength took a dive. So I will be going back to Barbells in the near future. So researching the internet I have stumbled upon the concept of utilizing AUTO REGULATION in my barbell 5x5 program. This is simply a safety feature built into the program that gives you the "green light" to up the weight when you reach a determined rep goal on the last set of five. I hope this to be "idiot proof" so that I remain injury free. We will see what happens next..hehehe!!...Dennis

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    GeoffreyLevens is offline Senior Member
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    Yup, 68 year old geezer here. One of the main focuses of my training the last several years has been paying very close attention to how I feel, not think, actual sensations in my body. Then forcing myself to act accordingly, extending rest periods, stopping early, backing off on intensity, taking days off as my body dictates. I have found that doing that, over time, I have felt overall better and so far, fingers crossed, not disasters (well except for dumping my bike once at slower than walking speed--trying to stop and foot stuck to peddle fer cryin' out loud). What got me headed this direction was adopting Maffetone's MAF for my aerobic conditioning work (bicyle). At first it seemed stupid slow, lazy even. But that of course was my mind/thoughts talking. Now, if I ignore heart rate monitor and just go for comfortable, moderate, sustainable feeling, when I check I am right in his suggested training range. The discipline of doing that has spilled over into my other work (kettlebell ballistics mostly and some grinds). Very obviously I take longer to recover than I used to, longer to build, and quicker to lose strength or burn out if I don't pay proper attention. Sigh. Yeah, it ain't for sissies!

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