On numerous occasions I have started to write and abandoned articles around this subject. The battle between “is it too random” and “is it hurting people by subjecting them to loads they are simply not conditioned for”, against, “it’s getting people on mass exercising, with weights, learning techniques for movements largely unseen in commercial gyms”.
Traditionally endurance athletes and triathletes in particular tend to steer clear of the gym and strength training citing a fear of bulking up, lack of time and a need to be spending those precious hours swim, bike or running instead of in the gym.
As owner of a strength and conditioning gym I have had a lot of exposure to goal setting and the way people change their lifestyle in order to get there. Many athletes, amateur sportsmen and women and average Joes set goals and often with varying degrees of success.
Over the past few years the fitness industry has made some radical changes and new research into what training methods work is starting to re-shape many of the gyms we use. Some facilities have embraced the changes and some have stuck to their guns, sometimes rightly, sometimes wrongly.