You're not rambling, your responding. I appreciate it Doyle.
If Sympathetic wasn't the right word I apologize, synergistic? I'm not sure.
I didn't ask about these two different styles because one or both is "trendy".. I asked if any of you have used these methods and to what end. The formula around here seems to be:
1) Someone asks something.
2) Prof X shows up and says something dismissive.
3) Everyone else shows up and says "haha this was great x2".. oh wait, that was just Nate.
I think it's a fair question. Thib has written about antagonistic pairings (Beast Building).
Don't just work hard, work smart and hard. I come on here to get smarter. I agree that some people over think, but if I've got 15 minutes at work to ask a refining question to try to train smarter, whats the harm?
And for the predictable, "Prof wasn't being dismissive, what are you talking about" comment:
"even using those terms in that way is to miss the point completely."
"What I DON'T do is base how I train off of some arbitrary pairing of muscle groups as if this is magic."
I don't see where in my post I said anything about magic, and it sure as heck isn't an "arbitrary pairing", the whole point of this question was to learn more about pairings and see what has worked for whom. So far in 7 responses only Doyle has managed to actually answer my question.