One thing that nobody has mentioned is the mental aspect of lifting. In my opinion, it’s one of the most important parts.
I made great gains following some shitty bodybuilding program I found online. The program itself was pretty much trash, but I believed in myself so much that I made it work for me. When I switched to use 5/3/1, I made great gains. Not because the program itself was magic, but because I busted my ass and believed in it.
When I switched gyms and started following a conjugate style system, I had the chance to train with a former APF Senior National winner and believed in his training methods. I busted my ass and put over 120lbs on my total in about 6 months. Looking back, his methods were not anything special, I just believed in myself and made it work.
You have to consistently work hard. You have to be your own biggest critic. You have to be able to take a step back and objectively identify your weaknesses. But also, you have to believe in what you’re doing. To make consistent, long term, repeatable gains you have to understand what you’re doing as well as WHY you’re doing it. You can make gains on any program, given enough time and the right mindset.[/quote]
Great post, alot of stuff I have to remind myself of in my own training…the taking a step back aspect especially…I sometimes fall into charging ahead when I should reflect and possibly take a step back for success in the not to near future