Failing To Plan, Is Planning To Fail : If You're Gonna Do It, Do It Right...Right?

That age old sentiment, ‘Failing to plan, means planning to fail’ resonates when you see this chap rolling to his demise, you just know the recovery attempt he’s making is only going to make it worse too…especially when the 65kg on the other end is about to propel that bar through the ceiling! You see…its man’s inherent desire to carry 10 bags in from the car to save one extra trip, and their need to wash their football boots at the same time as they’re taking a shower that probably made this fella decide against putting a couple of clips on that bar.

If you’re gonna do it, then do it right

As funny as this poor chap looks, and as admirable as even contemplating lifting 150kg is without a spotter (which clearly he can’t - another epic fail btw), you can’t help but lose any sympathy for someone who is neglecting to apply common sense! The consequences of not doing something properly can be catastrophic, not only could you hurt yourself, but worse still you could end up hurting others. I watched an older gentleman unload his squat bar after performing some deep squats (which clearly starved his brain of oxygen), the problem was he unloaded all the plates from one side first causing the bar to flip into the air, hit him in the chin and swinging round to hit a chap on the bench press! Mercifully nobody was killed, but the broken jaw and shattered pride that ensued could quite easily have been avoided if ‘planning’ had preceded the action.


If you don’t want to look lost when walking aimlessly around the gym, or the supermarket for that matter, remember to plan it first. As obvious as it sounds, make a list of your GOALS, then make an action plan according to these. Having a direct plan saves your mind from wandering off track, gives you direction and stops those aimless wonders in between exercises/shopping isles where you’re thinking ‘what shall I do next’?

For help making plans and ascertaining what your goals are check our S.M.A.R.T goal setting article.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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