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What's the best strength-related advice/knowledge you've ever received?

Wes Yeary

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My apologies if this has been addressed.
I'm still relatively new to strength-related pursuits myself (a couple years) and just two months into using barbells. I was thinking about all the strength-related information I've come across in the past few years, trying to determine what I thought was the one piece of advice or knowledge that hasn't let me down. Or maybe the one thing I'd want to pass down to my son, the one thing that, if he only remembered *this* about training, that's what I'd want him to remember. I'm not sure I've come up with anything yet, except maybe to remember to do farmer's carries and to keep moving even after retirement. heh
I'm wondering if you all have anything like that; maybe it's something you read/someone told you that has stuck with you through the years.
 
"Train today like you plan to set a new personal record tomorrow. Then train the same way tomorrow." (Dan John)

"When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before." (Jacob Riis)
 
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The whole Easy Strength concept.

Having grown up in the HIT and Go Hard or Go Home era, I was brainwashed into the whole concept of lying in a puddle of sweat. Dan John's ideas of doing a little every day and rarely pushing PRs has been eyeopening.

The other day my workout partner commented that he thought I could do 5 or 6 reps easily... my program called for 4. My comment was yeah I'll do 5 next week and 6 three weeks from now.
 
Started in mid 80’s with advice from a short little grade school friend who was now around 240lbs.
I was 6’1” and about 170lbs. He said “Will, squat, bench and row and drink milk till you can’t move”. He also told me that I should weigh about 250. Whether or not it was good advice I’m not sure. I did get up 212 and could expand my chest to 50”. Then life changed and I had to walk away now I’m an ant and I only read the squat forum rather than participate.
 
Started in mid 80’s with advice from a short little grade school friend who was now around 240lbs.
I was 6’1” and about 170lbs. He said “Will, squat, bench and row and drink milk till you can’t move”. He also told me that I should weigh about 250. Whether or not it was good advice I’m not sure. I did get up 212 and could expand my chest to 50”. Then life changed and I had to walk away now I’m an ant and I only read the squat forum rather than participate.
Is your friends last name Rippetoe ?
 
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