- Develop precise muscular control throughout your body. Practice as if you were a dancer or musician, gracefully and with perfectly controlled strength. As you let the weight down, move especially slowly, concentrating fully.
- Become absorbed in the moment-by-moment process of working out. Don't count repetitions or sets, because then you'll be paying more attention to numbers than to what's happening at each moment. Let yourself lose track of time and settle into a natural flow.
- Develop and follow your physical intuition. Physical intuition is inventive and spontaneous. It's an instinctive, gut-level sense that tells you what combination of movements, loads, rhythms, and angles to use to intensify the feeling of tension deep inside the muscles. (Chase the burning sensation to complete exhaustion.)
- Approach each workout as if it were your first. Be open to learning something new about your body every time you work out. Cultivate an empty, quiet, and receptive mind. Let go of preconceptions. Be flexible and always willing to experiment.
- Step forward by first stepping back. The most important element of growth is rest. Before training a part of your body again, it should feel completely recovered from the previous training session. Get lots of sleep.