One of the biggest problems I see in many people’s training is the failure to plan for the long haul. I see it in newbies, I see it in bikini competitors, and I see it in powerlifters. We all want immediate results. But what’s most effective in the short run is rarely congruent with what’s most effective in the long run. Examples include: running yourself into the ground with endless cardio, starving yourself and depriving your body of important nutrients, failing to periodize and fluctuate training stress, grinding out progressively heavier weight with poor technique, and ignoring pain and discomfort. Delayed gratification isn’t sexy, but it’s necessary. You’ll see much better results if you can train hard year in and year out for many decades. Be good to your body and it will pay dividends.