I’m a big fan of the 80-20 rule – the Pareto Principle – which states that roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes, or that the population can always be divided into 20% achievers and 80%, quite bluntly, losers.
With regard to muscle and strength building, here is the secret 20% that will translate into 80% of your gains…
- Progressive Loading
Consistently add weight to the bar while making sure you reach your caloric needs and I guarantee you that 1 year from now you’ll have dramatically increased your muscle mass and strength while melting away stubborn fat.
But what do I see 80% of the guys do? Waste their time with those 20% details that frankly don’t really matter for them.
The list goes on and on. And it sure makes for interesting discussions, but it doesn’t get you closer to your goal. You need focus – in this case, focus on the 20% that translates into 80% of your muscle and strength gains.
I said that training mattered more than diet for muscle and strength, but there’s always an exception. How many guys do you see Squatting 490bs, Deadlifting 550lbs and Benching 380lbs like SL Member Don (31, USA) does? Exactly.
The more you progress, the more the 20% become important. But make sure you master the 80% first. This ain’t rocket science unless you want it to be.