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4.91 Weight training has a number of forms—bodybuilding, strength training, powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting and all-round lifting. Each has its ardent followers, with some of them having absolutely no interest in the other forms of training. Of course there is overlap and many trainees belong to more than one category.

4.92 ^ere is nothing wrong with being 100% into bodybuilding, 100% into strength training or 100% into any other weight-training activity. All can be very rewarding.

4.93 ^e same pivotal principles of productive training apply to all categories of lifting—a focus on basic exercises, hard work, and progressive poundages in good form.

4.94 Never feel pressured if someone is critical of the specific category of training that most appeals to you. Instead, look closely at the other categories and methods being promoted and try to find aspects that you can apply to your own training. Each training contingent can learn from the others.

4.95 Different people have different values and preferences. What one person may dislike, another may admire. Some people are appearance-first bodybuilders not much interested in raw strength and power. ^ere are function-first strength trainees who apparently have little concern with the aesthetics of their physiques, or their bodyfat percentage. But even some of the latter enjoy throwing arm and chest poses in front of a mirror.

4.96 Some trainers are adamant about the supposed superiority of their preferred method. Each method will work well for some people, and perhaps work very well for the advocates, but this does not mean that the same will hold true for everyone.

4.97 What matters to you is what works best for you. An eclectic approach to training is the best way. Keep an open mind, be riveted to the basic tenets of rational training, and be super alert and discriminating when you hear of anything that sounds too good to be true. ^en critically select and apply what you think will be helpful to you.

4.98 Training preferences are influenced by genetic factors. Some people cannot satisfy the aesthetic qualities needed for pure bodybuilding, so they move towards raw strength activities where they can shine. Some people are not purely power-orientated because they do not have the body structure that is well-suited to it; so they gravitate towards bodybuilding, where appearance has priority over function.

4.99 You must have a great passion for what you are doing if you are to be successful at it. If you try to achieve at something that your heart is not really into, and that your body does not respond to, you will not get far.

4.100 If you love single-rep training, can consistently perform it safely, and gain well on it, why do high reps? But if your body structure cannot tolerate singles no matter how carefully and progressively you work into using them, do not use them. If you enjoy high reps and respond well to them, stick with them. If you enjoy very slow reps and they work for you, use them. But if you hate very slow reps, then never mind that someone else can gain well on them.

4.101 Find what you like, find the exercises that work best for you, find what you can do safely, and find what you gain on. ^en with those factors in order, pour in the effort.

Exercise is not only about size and strength, though they are the biggest factors for most weight trainees for many years. ^ere is much more to the exercise lifestyle. As you get older you will see this more clearly, and modify targets, expectations and values so you always have challenging and exciting goals.

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