This is my first post, but I’ve been lurking on the forum for a while. Over that time, I’ve realized that a lot of the most basic questions that people post (“How do I cut?,” “Why aren’t I gaining weight?,” “Is this program okay?,” etc.) could probably be answer by looking at what some of the successful lifters on this site do on a very basic level, and what they have found useful to do at other periods in their development.
I’m talking about things like: How many sets per body part or movement type per week do you do on average? What is your training frequency? How often do you do conditioning or steady state cardio? How do you figure out your calories and macros at the start of a weight loss/ weight gain phase? What are your average daily calories and macros for most of the year, and how do you determine those numbers?
Obviously there is going to be a degree of variation here, but I imagine there is enough overlap that some basic principles will be evident. This alone would help me, and likely a lot of other people figure out ways to improve our own training, or at the very least avoid huge pitfalls. For instance, if it turns out that the leanest and biggest guys here do a total of 15-20 sets per bodypart each week and rarely if ever drop their calories below 12 times bodyweight, that is valuable information in my opinion.
So, I guess what I’m asking is this: what, on a basic level, do you guys do as far as training and nutrition that you feel leads you to being successful when others aren’t? I’m talking about things like training frequency, volume, calories and macro intake, and also mental attributes and lifestyle factors. I know that this is a broad topic, but I think that many people could gain a lot by seeing the answers.