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Regardless of how good your genetics are, to be a successful weight lifter takes a lot of hard work. But despite any obstacles you may be faced with, there are tips you can use to get the most from your time. Below are the top five secrets, according to the pros, that will help you become the very best you can be.

Tips to Become a Successful Lifter

  • Rest And Recovery. Rest is one of the best ways to ensure maximum muscle growth. Some lifters focus their training on intensity alone, but by doing this they often miss out on one of the most important parts of the equation. In fact, taking a daily nap can greatly assist your muscle development because the bottom line is without recovery you won’t grow. When you sleep the body does exactly what you need it to - builds muscle. If you've just started your fitness development try to give your body parts at least 48 hours to recover between workouts.

  • Do What Works For You. There are countless so-called experts out there willing to tell you exactly what to do. Some will tell you short cycles are the way to go, while others swear by lenghthy ones. The truth is, if you have been training for a decent length of time there is no one who knows your body better than you do. Whether you’ve had great results from short of long training cycles, don’t worry about what others say, do what works for you! If one method doesn’t work for you – simply try another method. What matters is that you successfully overload the muscle in order for adaptation to occur.

  • Have a Mentor. There is no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to training. Regardless of your goal, whether it is to be a powerlifter or to become super strong there is someone out there who has already found success. There are so many options when it comes to training, diet and supplements if you can take the advice of someone who has successfully navigated their way through and accomplished goals similar to yours then it makes sense to utilise their knowledge. If your insipration comes from someone like Louie Simmons, it may prove difficult to learn from him face to face. But by using the internet and books you can still learn from the masters if you take the time.This way you can take some of the guesswork out of getting closer to your goal.

  • Experiment. While following the advice of the masters can be incredibly helpful, any weightlifter worth his salt will want to experiment with new things. This is positive because it will not only allow you to find new techniques, but will also stop your body from growing accustomed to a regular routine, regardless of how strenuous it may be. The chances are if you don’t try different ways to conduct your training progress, you are potentially short changing yourself of development.

  • Manage Stress Levels. See opportunity in obstacles, not the curse. Setbacks are inevitable. Use these to make yourself stronger. If you are looking for inspiration think about US lifter Bob Bednarsk, who followed a record-breaking lift with a dislocated elbow which was sure to see the end of his career.  Instead of giving in he came back to clean and jerk 486.5 in the 1968 National Championships. The next year he followed up by jerking 525 pounds off the rack. Keep in mind the words once uttered by Friedrich Nietzsche - “What does not destroy me makes me stronger.”

  • Use Successful Habits to Make You Grow. Channel the wisdom of your mentor and ensure that you have variety in your life and training alike. This way, you will get closer to fulfilling your own potential.

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