It’s April, and by now the resolution crowd has already thinned considerably. Even if you can’t identify with the guy who starts out strong on Jan. 1 and then quits a few weeks later, you probably can identify with the ebb and flow of periods of success and periods of stagnation. There are days, weeks, months, even years when everything seems to click. Then there’s the flip side of the coin—the times when you’re hampered by injuries, lack of motivation or energy, or no clear goal.
There’s no way to completely eliminate setbacks, but the most successful guys in the gym—and in life—find a way to minimize them. Having been able to stay at or near peak condition for three decades and counting, I know how to maximize the periods when I’m making size and strength gains, and these are the seven best tips I can offer.