Originally posted by ethnik
it's all about periodization friends. lifting the same old weights week after week, with the same excercises is useless. your body will plateau after about 6 weeks or so at the max.
any balanced weight training program (or cardio program) will have you progress through training cycles. i highly recommend slowly building for 3 weeks (no more than 10% more weight per week), then slowing down the 4th week to 75% of the previous weeks weight. it gives your body time to adjust to the workout level and the stres being placed on your muscles/joints etc.
and most importantly, you have to build REST into your training programs. easy to say, hard to do, especially if you are a type A personality that always feels the ned to go harder or heavier.
there are tons of variations on periodization...it all depends on your goals, your present level of fitness, how much time you have to devote in the gym, what sport you are specialising for etc etc. find a good trainer and get some proper advice. everyone can and should get 1 consultation per month as it is well within anyones means.
great post Mike, this cannot be said enough in these posts
cycle your training, weight loads, exercises, etc
cycle your diet
keep you body guessing
The results will come, but will come overtime, be patient.