Here are the final bunch of rules to finish out the week. I think we can all at least agre that if a new lifter followed these rules, they'd be on the right path to setting a solid base. We may not agree 100% with all the rules, but there is obviously room for interpretation as you get more advanced. Pay special attention to the last rule, it's my favorite and probably the most important for new lifters.
Forget about gadgets, gimmicks and gizmos.
There are no special machines, techniques or training routines that are "magic." Adding weight to the bar little by little consistently over time is the real magic.
Never work out when sore.
If your muscles are sore, you're not recovered in my opinion. In fact, just because you didn't get sore, or the soreness has subsided, doesn't mean you're ready to hit the weights again. Experiment with recovery time. Depending on what you did in your last workout, it could be significant period before you're truly recovered even after soreness has subsided.
Focus on the basic compound exercises.
Squats, deadlifts, Trap Bar deadlifts, presses, rows, chins and bench presses are all examples of exercises with a definite bang for the buck for building muscle and strength. Leg extensions, triceps pushdowns, concentration curls, shoulder laterals and pec flyes are not.
Use a range-of-motion in your exercises suitable to your body structure and flexibility without exaggeration.
Don't perform exercises with exaggeration in the stretch positions. This will likely lead to injury and you don't get any benefit from the extra stretch.
Pack it in when necessary.
If you begin a workout and everything seems to be going wrong, don't be afraid to pack it in and come back another day. Maybe your lower back starts to stiffen up, your mind is wandering because of other distractions in your life, and you've a cold to boot. Remember, it's just one workout, and missing one workout or simply returning to work out the following day will not kill your progress. In fact, you may save yourself from injury or falling into a bigger rut.
Put training in the proper perspective in life.
Your life should not revolve around your training. There are plenty of other elements in life that should take precedence over training. Don't get your priorities mixed up!