Getting stronger is arguably one of the most common reasons why people workout. It’s up there with “I just wanna get abs for the summer.” However, plateaus & injuries all happen and people kinda get stuck in a kind of an endless cycle of no progress and eventually just give up.
It happens. People buy muscle mags and see stuff like ‘you’ll have Eddie Hall’s deadlift in four weeks if you follow this routine’ bursting out of the covers. They give it a shot and wouldn’t you know it, their deadlifts still don’t compare to Eddie Hall’s.
So, what’s the deal — is this a case of fake news and false advertising? Maybe, but they also probably don’t follow some important strength building rules.
Follow These Tips On How To Get Stronger
1. Set Your Goals
This is very important. If you don’t have a specific goal or plan, you will end up going through the motions every workout without an actual end game in mind. Set a very specific goal and plan out how many steps you need to reach it and what they should be. Be it “I’m gonna lift my one rep max twice by the end of the month” or “I’m going to start training legs by the end of the year”.
2. Don’t Doubt Yourself
When handling big weights, doubt starts creeping in. Suddenly you’re wondering whether you can really lift all that weight that you never did before. Will you feel embarrassed if you fail? Will you get hurt if you fail? Once you go down that road, there’s no going back. Believe in yourself and your strength. If you don’t succeed today, you will tomorrow.
3. Rest 3-5 Minutes Between Sets
Resting between sets is crucial when handling big weights. Your body needs to recover from the stress it just endured. Moving around numbers close to or even above your bodyweight isn’t a joke. Your body needs rest periods for recovery and for better performance in the next set.
4. Focus On Recovery
Speaking of recovery, it’s just as important as resting between sets. Giving yourself days off will do wonders for your strength. Your muscles will recover from the previous workout session and they will be locked and loaded ready for the next record setting lift.