1. Never be late for a workout. Being late sends the message you don’t care about your workout or your workout partners.
2. Do not work out by yourself when everyone else is in a group. Not taking part in
the group sends the message that you don’t like competition or that you think you are too good to work out with the group. You will alienate your self from your training group.
3. You ask for help at your meets, so you must help your teammates when they
compete. (If at all possible, of course; no excuses.) This is simply being a good workout partner.
4. If your gym has a training system, know it inside and out. Not knowing the system is very disrespectful to the many lifters who came before you and who spent years refining the proven methods you use today in your training.
5. If you want to have a say in what goes on in the gym, you must never miss a
workout. If someone is using you for motivation and you are not present, this can
affect their workout. This is your responsibility, so take responsibility in your role as a training partner.
6. Never look down on those who are below you in rank, but only look up to
those who are above. By doing this your head is always held up.
7. You must have a positive mental state and only a positive mental state.
Anything less than positive is negative. This will not only affect you but also the entire gym. One lifter can destroy the entire group. The bad can never climb up to the good, but the good can fall prey to the bad.
8. If you don’t understand, you must ask. You must first learn technique, then theory, strength and how to prevent injury. You must become educated in all facets of training including restoration.
9. A coach must train the lifter to be a lifter and at the same time to become a
coach. A good coach can train one to coach ten, and then ten can teach 100 and so forth. If a coach cannot make lifters better than the coach, then they are not a good coach. Good coaching can make it possible to be your own expert.
10. Don’t be a hater. Often, the one you hate the most is mostly like you.
11. If you want to make the rules you must abide by the rules you make.
12. Do something worth remembering. If you are going to be a Powerlifter, what will
your body of work look like? What will you be remembered for? And will it be worth
13. Spend as much time as possible learning your sport. Read books and articles. Talk to experts about the lift that is holding you back.
14. Train hard. You think you train hard but are you really training hard? Always
reevaluate yourself and your short-term goals.
15. Powerlifting must come first. Before all things, never miss a workout, no matter if it is a birthday or any holiday, including Christmas and New Year’s Eve. And while you’re at your workout, no talking about your job or boy or girlfriend, only about Powerlifting.