I’ve been lifting since I was about 14, but only became serious about it in the second half of university and only started competing three years ago. Now, I’m 28. I’ve made lots of mistakes and learned a lot. In no particular order, these are some of the things that I’ve learned that I feel are really important. They’ve also helped me make better progress than ever.
5. If you start a program, finish it. We’ve all seen the guy who does the same thing in the gym every day. However, we’ve also seen his evil twin: the guy who never sticks to a program for more than 2 weeks. He’ll do one program one week, then switch it when he reads about a different program. Two weeks later, he’ll have switched to a third program because he read about it at some point during the second program. I know this because I’ve been that guy. Eventually, I applied this stuff called “logic” and asked myself, “How do I know if the program worked if I didn’t finish it?” Ever since then, I’ve found programs that worked great, programs that worked just OK, and programs that sucked. Of course, if I never bothered to finish them, I’d never have known which ones were which.