Originally Posted by Off Road
BtB touched on this a bit. But a lot of guys get so caught up in doing too much stuff, thinking that's the secret to making fast gains. I hate to keep bringing up Dr. Ken Leistner, but the guy was absolutely brilliant and nobody has put more thought into lifting than he does. Dr. Ken used to say that a guy could do nothing more than a squat, an upper body pull exercise, and an upper body push exercise, and achieve 90% of their potential. Think about that for a while; no fancy splits, no percentages, no rotating lifts, just hard work.
I think it's just doing the important things as much as *life* allows:
1) Progressive lifting on the big lifts, done frequently enough to allow for strength increases - Most of the time
2) Eating well most of the time
. This doesn't mean eat like a BB.com nut, just decent *moms* food.
3) Sleeping well most of the time
We could take any of those and break them down into specifics but essentially that's it. The specific interpretations would be down to the lifter.
If you can do better than that, then great you'll progress faster. If you can learn and more importantly *remember* what you've learned then you'll gain more the next year.