We've probably had millions of threads like these but I'm bored so let's have it!
Pick 5 tips you'd give young(er) you. Keep them specific to yourself; the shit you should have done differently.
What say you, proud patrons of T-Nation?
Get a Belt!
Learn to use it properly!
Then use it!
Don't squat so deep.
Dont go on a dirty bulk for 4 years
Unless going out, go to bed really damn early
Stay ahead of things with posture and shoulder health
Train grip directly and use fat grips
Do a sport in high school. Any sport.
Actually listen to people who've "been there".
Reading a lot doesn't mean you know a lot.
3 meals a day, not 3 different supplements a day.
Basics first. Behind the back cable laterals, smith machine front squats, and decline dumbbell flyes should've lost to militaries, leg press, and dips.
1: Focus mostly on hitting set/rep maxes as opposed to 10 rep or 3 rep maxes etc2: Consume much more veg, water & fibrous foods.3: Make Pull-ups & squats your main exercises to focus for at least the first 2 years of training.4: Monitor progress mostly in terms of monthly shirtless pics & weight lifted etc5: Micro-load..like a motherfucker!!!!!!!!!
Consistency will always win out over programming.
Driving drunk and chasing skirts isn't going to get you where you want to be.
Conditioning isn't just a suffix to air.
Never stop moving.
There's this thing called the conjugate system...
If you think someone else is training wrong, and they are a lot farther along than you, it's you who's training wrong.
Play a sport. It doesn't have to be football either; whatever you think you'll enjoy the most, not what is the most popular. It's better to be awesome & want to be playing a sport you love, than be mediocre at a popular one you hate playing.
You won't find a perfect program, and please, please don't make one of your own or "improve" upon it (see #1). Just pick one you like & run with it - as long as you are pushing, pulling, using your legs, and using your lungs.
eat no less than 3 squares per day.
Just ask her out, dude.
Keep it basic. Squat, Pull, Press, Condition at the minimum every training session.
There is no perfect program. Pick principles you believe in and get after it consistently for a few years.
Take conditioning seriously. Not fun to huff and puff after 5 reps of squats.
Don't worry about calories and macros. Eat 2-4 big meals a day consistently and build from there.
People have been getting strong and big from the beginning of time before the internet. It's not rocket science.
*Bonus: 6. Play a sport. Lifting weights makes you strong not athletic. Even tag or dodge-ball works.
Do lots of squats and deadlifts.
And "just ask her out."
I'm not that experienced but I've learned a lot these two years...
Practise technique often even with no weights Eat cleanSticking to proigramms even suboptimal ones trumps not doing so.Proven supplements can be very effective used periodically ( near year round) I..e creatine. , glutamine , BCCAs esp creatine though . True play sport early (sprinting, short runs are good for starting strength)Keep it varied and use periodic breaks even months occasionally in training/
Don't get fat, ever.
Progress with the least volume possible.
Never drop conditioning work, even in a gaining period.
Take time off to heal both physically and mentally.
Don't take it so serious. It's ok to miss a day...more recovery!
1-5: Don't worry; it will heal
Make training priority #1. This doesn't mean it is the most important thing to you but it does mean training makes you better at those important things.
It's better to add 90 minutes reading (not training related) to your week than it is to add an extra day training
Dont get fat
If you get fat, don't get old and fat
Don't do sets of pull-ups multiple times per day everyday for extended periods of time or you'll screw up your shoulder for life. I have other injuries but I regret nothing except this because it was just dumb. Point is, some form of injury is unavoidable eventually so make sure that it happens doing something worth the tradeoff.