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Imagine a stool with only 2 legs, or - worse yet - only 1 leg. Could you expect to sit on it for a long period of time? Of course, you could balance there for a while, but over time, you would grow tired and fall off.

That's what weight training - or any other self-improvement plan - is like. You require at least 3 things to be successful:

Training | Diet | Recovery
This is what I call the 3 Pillars. You can "get by" for some time only being seriuos about your training. Or your diet. But you have to get all 3 right in order to maximize your efforts.
Look, none of us have unlimited time. We don't have time to waste. We have jobs, families, other commitments. We have only a finite time to train, prepare meals, and sleep. A proper weight training system seeks to strike the right balance between these three pillars and the rest of your life.
My prescription is as follows:
  • Train hard but short
  • Eat 5-8 smallish and balanced meals a day
  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep
  • Throw in a nap when you can. 15 minutes works miracles!
So, remember the 3 Pillars next time you want to skip lunch. Or stay up all night. Or spend anything over 30 minutes weight training.

More is not always better. Balance is best.