Talking with an athlete today who knows she needs to do more strength work to help her running and Triathlon performance, BUT she doesn't enjoy barbell lifts.
Now, while the barbell lifts; squat, deadlift, press etc are the "best" way to develop max strength, they're absolutely no good of you don't do them because you don't enjoy them.
And that's exactly what happens when you're not having fun in your training. You avoid it. You go back to doing the things you like.
Don't get me wrong, sometimes we have to do the things we dislike in order to overcome weaknesses BUT just because something is seen as the "best" way, doesn't mean it's the only way.
In this particular case, as long as we have her performing "strength" work that stays true to the principles of strength training and is geared towards what she actually needs, there is no need for her to touch a barbell. That's simply a tool.
Don't get emotionally attached to "tools". There are many ways up the mountain. Methods are many, principles are few.
Julie talking to @richroll on the RR Podcast "Training for races is in alignment with your divine blueprint, I think it's good for you." Last year was a blast with our 65 Mile running adventure, ending with the Pasadena half marathon. Medals, pictures, and memories push us to the next thing. Tomorrow we race!