You do if you’re reading this past the title.
Wanna know how to be better? Lift every day. The more work you do, the stronger you will be. Yes, some of that “strength” will come from not-very-heavy technique work and some will come from heavy singles and some will come from accessory work. But you will get better overall not by going to the gym 3 times per week, but by perfecting some element of your craft every day. Mobility and foam roller counts, too and sometimes that’s all your body can handle that day. But you should actually do some of that icky stretching and rolling on your non-gym days, don’t just rest.
I thought about this concept when my husband showed me this awesome article by Neil Gaiman. He was asked by an aspiring writer how they could become better. His response here is priceless. Substitute lifter and you’ll understand the gist.
On the top of a distant mountain there grows a tree with silver leaves. Once every year, at dawn on April 30th, this tree blossoms, with five flowers, and over the next hour each blossom becomes a berry, first a green berry, then black, then golden….