Many pro athletes make Sports Center highlights despite poor nutrition and training guidance. Eventually good genes, hard work and high skill levels aren’t enough to make up for shaky nutrition and training. You can’t prevent every injury but you absolutely can decrease injury risk and susceptibility with quality training and nutrition. It’s about training harder and smarter. Here are 3 red flags that your training or nutrition “experts” are sending you down the wrong path:

1. Obsessing over body fat percent: Gearing your training and nutrition toward dropping body fat can pull you away from training for athletic durability. You need to be durable to be successful as an athlete. 

2. Exclusion nutrition: Run away when you hear someone suggest that you should completely exclude a food or food category. Unless you have a diagnosed sensitivity to a specific food there’s rarely a situation where it’s a good idea to cut a food category out completely. Doing this can create nutrient, vitamin or mineral deficiencies. 

3. The P90x approach: I cringe when I️ hear trainers suggest that every workout they design is different. To create athletic durability you need quality repetition and progressive loading of fundamental movements. You can’t make improvements when you change the exercises every workout.

Like what you read?  
Sign up now to get the latest tips and advice

Name *

Tim DiFrancesco, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS spent 6 seasons as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and founder of TD Athletes Edge.  He is nationally renowned for his evidence-based and scientific approach to fitness, training, nutrition, and recovery for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

For training and nutrition advice, follow us on:
• Twitter
• Facebook
• Instagram
• YouTube
• Sign up for our newsletter and follow our blog at