I dunno, the more i learn, the more i seem to be confused. I thought I had things clear when I read a lot of Waterbury and Staley, and now that ive been reading poliquins stuff, and more, im just so lost.
I think in the end, i’ll go with what is simple, and lets me progress, but there are just so many different methods. Why cant all these differnet coaches get together and agree on something?
I understand the basic principles, but there are too many methods to applying them. For instance you can lift heavy to get big, or you can lift high volume. You can train splits, or full body. you can hit each muscle 1-2 times per week, or you can train high frequency.
What im starting to wonder now, is it better to try to raise all my lifts a small amount, or raise one key lift a ton. For example, i could add 15 lbs to my bench, squat, dl, row, pullup, curl, etc… or I could specialize in something like front squat and add 50lbs to it.
Thanks for the replies though everyone. I think its definately time for me to switch from TBT to a split, but im not sure if im ready to make a complete switch.
All this confusion is starting to make me think that there are too many variables involved and instead training shouldn’t be planned out much, and instead should be instinctive.[/quote]
There are lots of great authors with conflicting views on this site and that can be overwhelming. In the end it does just really come don to progress. To comment on a few of your points, I would try to raise all of your lifts (you are only as strong as your weakest link). As for program design and chosing the right one, there is no 1 way to train. A program is as good as the results it gives you and when it stops working, it is a good time to change. Typically, 75% of the people adjust after 6 workouts although this is not set in stone. Being a PICP I am partial to his methods and those of Westside-Barbell but that does not mean others don’t work. If you choose to start with Poliquin’s programs GBC would be a great strating point. Hope this clears up a little of the confusion. Just remember that the best thing you can do is lift!! As simple as that sounds, it means that you need to just get in there and do something. Stick with it and give it a chance to work. Many a false step is made standing still!