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Even if you never set foot in a gym your whole life, you owe it to yourself to read "The 80/20 Rule of Lifting" -

The value of the 80/20 rule is that it reminds you to focus on the 20% that matters. You should identify and focus on these things. So in bodybuilding, what are they? I would say that the 20% that matters includes:

Which basically means: Train. Eat. Rest. Repeat. Week in and week out. Focusing on the basics will give you 80% of your results.

So if that's the important 20%, what's the 80% that's trivial? Well in my opinion it's details like these:

Etc. Etc. Etc. Honestly, that stuff doesn't make a difference. Or rather, if it does it makes a relatively small difference (20%); or only makes a difference for a relatively small few who are at the limits of their physical development. For most of us average Joes, it just doesn't matter!

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Amazing comment by Chad on Invisible Gains and Invisible Losses --

Re-read that a couple times. Read it slowly, think about it, then read it again. It's brilliant. Very important, and really brilliant.

Really, spend the time to read it super slowly and think about it. You might get some big gains for a few minutes of work. Thanks Chad. Great stuff.

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