The Ten Training Commandments

Courtesy of Ben Bruno

1. Thou shalt not train through pain.
2. Think of strength training as your entrée and cardio as the side dish. Both have their place, but divvy your time and energy accordingly.
3. The hard exercises that you hate doing are generally the ones that work the best. Sorry.
4. You can always make an excuse not to train, but at some point you just have to make time for it. Or be weak and out of shape.
5. Thou shalt train thy legs.
6. Mobility work is boring; do it anyway.
7. Remember that outside the gym, no one cares what you did for your workout, or about your diet. Keep it to yourself.
8. Similarly, nobody cares how much you lift. Drop the ego, drop the weight, and do it right. Form matters.
9. Train the muscles you can’t see in the mirror (glutes, hamstrings, back, etc) more than the muscles you can see (pecs, biceps, etc). It’s good for you, and just because you can’t see them, everyone else still can.
10. Don’t overcomplicate things. Always be learning, but at some point you have to put down the books and pick up the weights.