I got this article through Digg this morning, link here: http://www.dieselcrew.com/top-3-missing-components-of-a-good-strength-program/#more-782, and I want to make a few comments on it.
First off, I think its generally on point. They hit the big issues like form, volume, proper rest (in and out of the gym) to name a few and I especially liked the heavy pullups comment. Of course I don't agree with some points. The whole athlete mentality and athlete approach poke their head up, which we all know have their fallacies.
A point that really doesn't sit well with me:
2. Someone with enough balls to call bullshit on those who are slacking - Look I couldn’t care less if you had a hot date with some MILF that kept you out all night, when you you step in the gym you better bring your A game. Sitting there thinking about getting strong is not going to get you anywhere.
We ALL have off days or days where we just can't bring our 'A game'. Yes it is important to get in there and get some intense lifting done but a) there are some things you can't control and b) an experienced lifter will know when its an off day and while it appears to be slacking off on their part, its really quite the opposite. You work harder to try and make the workout into something, maybe the numbers aren't there but the effort probably is.
Sometimes you can use a kick in the pants, but this isn't something I would list in my top 3 missing components, let alone #2.
I'm also surprised that nobody mentioned INTENSITY, they hint at it and I think Mike Robertson came the closest when he talked about volume, but nobody lists it as a point. I know it should be a foregone conclusion when talking about strength training but you still have those people coming from the 5x5's saying that their doing strength training. It seems like a very obvious point but if you're sacrificing intensity for anything else, are you truly doing strength training?
The strength trainee says "Why sacrifice intensity when I can sacrifice volume"
The bodybuilder says "Why sacrifice intensity when I can sacrifice form"
"We are not sport, when there is a sport issue, we are not so good. The boxer is much better than us at boxing. But he will have to protect his balls if he wants to punch us."