Thought this would be a fun idea for a thread, and maybe get us some good nuggets of info along the way. What is the best piece of training advice you ever got, and what is the worst?
WORST: Do Sets of 5 For Strength
The person that told me this meant well, and IN CONTEXT this makes sense, but as a blanket statement it’s terrible advice. I was 17 at the time, had been lifting for a few years and always had strength as the priority, coming into lifting from a martial arts background. I got told that doing more than 5 reps was for “bodybuilding” and that, if I wanted to get strong, I had to do sets of 5. So I did sets of 5 for EVERYTHING: bench, rows, lat pulldowns, every machine in the gym, CURLS, french presses, etc etc. You’ll observe the lack of heavy lower body compounds there, which is REALLY where I shoulda started when it came to “strength”, but along with that, sets of 5 on curls and french presses are really dumb. The truth is that “strength” is a pretty nebulous idea and far too easily gets equated with “amount of weight you can move for one rep”. We mix it up with skill, and then focus on chasing that skill vs actually DEVELOPING strength through a variety of rep ranges and planes of movement. @dt79 and I have gone round and round agreeing with each other on this so many times, especially with the discussion of “big weak bodybuilders”.
Drinking the Pavel koolaid for a few years certainly didn’t help my “sets of 5 for strength” thing. Again: makes sense in context. A training cycle with an emphasis on 5s? Absolutely. Sets of 5 your whole life? Dumb dumb dumb.
BEST ADVICE: Do Super Squats
This actually came to me from a dude that was heavy into martial arts, which is interesting given that it’s a program about building size, but it was because I looked up to the dude in that regard that I was even willing to entertain it. Prior to that, I assumed it was just a bodybuilding program, meant for those big weak sissies (there I was drinking the koolaid again). I got the book for Christmas while in college, purely to read out of academic interest, and by the time I finished the book I already had my 6 week cycle planned out because Randall Strossen definitely uses his powers as a PhD in psychology to get you hooked. Running that program AND the gallon of milk a day+heavy food diet gave me a crash course in training AND recovery brutality that would have otherwise taken me YEARS to develop on my own. It was the start of many future years of absolute bonkers insanity in my training and eating, which I credit my success (and missing ACL) to.
What of you?