OK, so this isn't my list, but after reading it I can say that I agree with pretty much every item on it. It's good stuff.
I tend to post a lot of references to others work, some may say it's because I have no original thoughts of my own (fair enough.....thinking is hard work!) but the truth is I read a ton of stuff and continue to stumble across things that I feel are important. Alright, enough rambling, here's the list, and the original link:
- * Keep a detailed food log, at least until you get the hang of eating right.
- * Training harder will not make up for a poor diet. You can't out-train a bad diet.
- * Health matters.
- * Smart training is better than hard training. Ideally, you'll train hard intelligently.
- * Most people have no business using steroids. Most steroid users don't have enough knowledge to be using them. The negatives outweigh the positives with illegal usage.
- * Genetic limits exist, but you're probably nowhere near yours so stop using that as an excuse.
- * There is no "best" workout or diet. If someone tells you that, they're selling something.
- * Listen to the experts. Read the studies. Keep up with the science. But in the end, do what works best for you.
- * Stay open minded. Today's golden rules may be tomorrow's tragic fallacies.
- * Protein is great. Many fats are good. Carbs are tricky little bastards.
- * Squat, dead-lift, chin-up, dip, bench, row. The rest is secondary.
- * 1RM's are overrated and often pointless, unless you're a competitive power-lifter.
- * A high quality low-carb protein powder should be the first supplement you purchase every month.
- * Use free weights a lot. Use machines a little.
- * Soft drinks and cold breakfast cereals are physique killers.
- * Those women who say that are either misinformed or making excuses. Weights makes women firm, not big.
- * Until they start advertising basic free weights on TV, don't buy any training device you see on TV.
- * Some people won't try certain exercises or training programs because they're too worried about what other people in the gym will think. Don't do that.
- * People who get on message boards and forums and rudely tell others that their way is the only way and everyone else is wrong are usually the most ignorant, fattest SOBs out there.
- * Listen for a change in her breathing. That's the first sign. (Oh wait, wrong subject.)
- * Over-analyzing and over-planning a future diet or workout plan can often be an excuse for not starting it.
- * Dissatisfaction is the basis of progress. Once you become satisfied, it's over.
- * People often confuse stagnation with stability.
- * Building the body you want is never as easy as you think it's supposed to be. It'll take much longer than you think too. But do it anyway.