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by BendtheBar 09-12-2011, 02:03 PM

Habits of Strong Lifters

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* Consistency – Without a doubt, the strongest and best lifters in the world have consistently busted their ass in the weight room. For decades. Not weeks, not a year, but decades. There are genetic freaks out there that achieve a high level of strength quickly, but comparing yourself to them is unfair and will probably drive you out of the sport and into a 10-year Pop Tarts & Vicodin bender. Now, consistency doesn’t always mean they’re going balls out, every day. It means they chip away slowly, but surely.
* Drive/Perseverance – Even with injuries, plateaus, loss of training partners, gyms, etc., the great lifters will find a way to adapt and overcome. If that means training alone in a barbaric gym in their garage, they do it. If that means having to train in a commercial gym by themselves, they get it done. If that means they have to train around an injury, they research and find a way.Nothing will stand in their way and when an obstacle appears, they don’t get frustrated; they simply find a different route around it. It’s easy to be motivated and excited to train when everything is going your way. It’s another thing to hit a wall, scramble, kick, and scratch until you look back and see the marks of blood and sweat you leave behind.
* Open Mind (with Filter) – You have to be open to new ideas, but you have to also be wary of what you read. Usually an older, more experienced lifter can filter through some of the bullshit, but sometimes desperation can lead to some poor decisions. A lifter MUST have a core, a philosophy that he adheres to. He has to STAND for something. Yet he also has to learn to open himself up to new ideas and be smart enough to place them into his training without upsetting his core beliefs.

Now those are the “mind musts” of being involved with lifting for a long time. Here are the “body musts.”

* Stretching and mobility should be a priority.
* Maintain decent conditioning levels – you don’t need to be a marathon runner but don’t turn into a heavy breathing slob either.
* Use a full range of motion.
* Understand the difference between muscles and movements.
* You didn’t start lifting weights to become smaller. (Some of you really need to let that one sink in.)
* Train around injuries, not through them.
* Write a Training Manifesto – I have a “Train to be Awesome” list that I refer to when I feel like I’m losing track of where I’m going/where I’ve been. Refer to this when you’re “lost.” Everyone needs to have their own Training Manifesto and it’s all based on what you need and want from training. You don’t have to share this with anyone – just hold yourself accountable.
* Don’t be afraid to do what you want, not what others want you to do. Don’t hold yourself to others’ standards – especially when your standards should be higher.
* Training should be fun; there’s joy in the pain of the process. When it becomes tiresome or becomes a “job” remember why you began training in the first place. It’s not supposed to appease anyone but you.
* Fads come and go, but the barbell remains the same. Respect it accordingly.
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:20 PM   #2
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I love this...thanks BTB, we ALL need to read this from time to time.
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Don’t be afraid to do what you want, not what others want you to do. Don’t hold yourself to others’ standards – especially when your standards should be higher.
* Training should be fun;
These points are often ignored, but are important.
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Awesome article, and I completely agree BtB ^ that training should actually be enjoyable - I constantly mix up reps, weights, exercises to keep things interesting so I actually look forward to training and improving. I think the fact that I (and all of us here) go to the gym to "train" rather than "work out" if a defining factor in this.

To the list, and I know it says stretching and mobility work, I'd like to add warming up. I see too many mongtards at my gym load up 60kg on the bar to bench straight away, then jump to 100, then 140 where they force out a single rep and require spotting on the last three. I'm sure your shoulders and CNS love you brah. The actual strong guys focus on getting warm and making sure our CNS' are ready for the heavy load about to be unleashed (that's what she said).
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Awesome article, and I completely agree BtB ^ that training should actually be enjoyable - I constantly mix up reps, weights, exercises to keep things interesting so I actually look forward to training and improving. I think the fact that I (and all of us here) go to the gym to "train" rather than "work out" if a defining factor in this.
My training style is enough to drive folks nuts. But I think as long as you are really tuned into what your body is telling you, you can go "free jazz" a bit more and actually have it be a benefit.

A lot of what I personally do is based on experience, and it's hard to explain to folks the little historical nuances I process from set to set.
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