OK guys… I'll try and respond to your points but there are rather a lot… ever get the feeling you shouldn't have made a post - I surrender!
I do not call people clients
Sorry, I made the assumption that you trained people on a one to one basis so I was trying to refer to someone in this scenario. I guess trainer is applicable I just wanted to make it clear that it was someone who was paying for your expertise.
Well, the point of those questions I asked weren't just to say "look at all the fluff" as if that in itself "proves" something. The point was to get you to figure out if there was any real explanation of the why's and wherefore's.
OK, I think I understand you here but what I was trying to say is that irrespective of the authors reasoning (or lack thereof) for this routine I was trying to look at it from the perspective of how useful it might be for me. To put it another way.. if you were to say to me that you wanted me to use this template I would look at it and ask myself why and then probably come up with the points I listed before. The reasons may differ completely from those of the author, but they may still be there.
I actually favor "prioritizing" a few lifts at any one time and dong a large variety of "exercises" to support that in various ways.
Good point - I obviously misunderstood you before. I stand corrected.
I do not think percentage based routines are effective for a wide range of trainees.
I can see your point on this and I understand that the persons max is in a constant state of flux but I think this comes back to something we have discussed before and that I have failed to grasp… if you don't use percentage's then how do you go about regulating the intensity?
So percentages have flaws but they do provide a simple way of giving someone a rough idea of how close to their believed max at a given time. Would you mind giving me a pointer as to how you go about doing this please?
But the fluff…it is important. It really does tell you what you need to know. You just have to be able to see it. I mean, right off the bat, look at what you asked me about the ignoring the rhetoric. That is the big problem right there with all the routines floating around! Everybody focuses on how the routine looks on paper and wants to ignore the rhetoric. But the rhetoric is replacing any actual explanation. You mentioned my articles…do you see rhetoric or do you see explanation? Not to toot my horn but to make a point…the explanation is more important than the routine. You don't learn from routines. I know that people think you do but you don't because "doing a routine" does not set up a learning in environment. Yet, we have been taught to except and expect this while being given meaningless rhetoric! So don't dismiss it is just "a fact of life" and move on to the routine. If there was why's and wherefore's to be had they would have been given.
Again, great point. As stated above I was looking at the routine in spite of it's lack of explanation when I really should have been asking… why doesn't the author give the reasoning behind this? I mean he does start to by stating:
My training partners and I knew that all strongman contest events involved some kind of pressing, some kind of pulling, and lots of leg strength.
But the rest of the introduction doesn't seem to detail the end goal, but rather things like:
We also liked to train at a higher volume and wanted to squat, pull, and press more than just once a week.
OK - but just because you like it has nothing to do with the goal.. right?
Your current routine is a product of your own restrictions: haven't you said that training time is very short for you? If you were to to do the above routine it isn't like your current problems of time restrictions would go away….they'd still exist.
Kind of… I don't think I want to train more that 3 times a week and due to the fact that these need to be in the mornings I only have around an hour per session. To be honest the only one that I have a time issue with is the full body day, but even that can fit in so it's not a big issue. With this in mind I wasn't looking at this as a means to get round that issue, I just came across the article and it sparked some interest.
Instead of going about completely changing the routine, how about we figure out how to enhance the current routine you are running?
That would be great, although at present I am making steady progress on the main lifts so perhaps I should just stick with it until progress slows down.
In summary I think I liked the look of this routine because it allows for higher frequency but I guess that shouldn't be my goal, it should really be whatever it takes (within the context of my constraints) to get stronger.