A recent T-Nation article recommended low-pulley rope curls for the brachialis. Yet, when I searched brachialis exercises, it said that cross-body DB curls were the best and that the rope curls should be used “very sparingly”.
I believe the article referring to using the rope curls sparingly was John meadows article on arm training. Follow that article’s recommendations to the letter. Elbows will be healthy and your arms will grow.
Your “reply” was rude and obnoxious. As someone who is inexpert in bodybuilding, but well versed in anatomy (I’m a physician), I find the details interesting and instructive. If you don’t and aren’t interested in passing on what you’ve learned, than you shouldn’t respond at all.
I wouldn’t be offended by what flip says or how he said it. Your question is valid, but unless someone has reached a significant level of arm development its not usually a concern for most people to emphasise a particular element unless you have an obvious weakness(possibly genetic rather than due to exercise selection). Flip is a good example of basic training done well. His focus has been primarily with strength in mind. He has impressive strength, but he has also developed a big, balanced, and aesthetic phyisque all at the same time, so it won’t hurt in the slightest to listen to him even if you end up disagreeing with his opinion.
The majority of this stuff sucks. They all use untrained people so everything works. No one has done anything with experienced people or anything long term.
I think someone needs to find their subjects and make sure they have at least two years if steady experience. Then put them on a 6 month prep program so they all have the same baseline training. Then they should run their experiment to see if whatever they’re studying actually works.
Perhaps you are using hyperbole as opposed to making a generalization. Either way your premise is false and accordingly your conclusion may be drawn in error. Perhaps you’re unfamiliar with recent research, interpreting it poorly or regurgitating someone else’s basis for disregarding scientific research. If you would like assistance Elitefts’ article “A Meathead’s Guide to Reading Scientific Papers” may help you.
If you use a search engine e.g. google scholar, searching for the terms resistance, training and trained, you can see there are many studies on resistance trained populations with more added to this body every day.
While many studies are limited in the manner you described, to discount all studies and their practical and theoretical underpinnings on that basis is the kind of thing that perpetuates the bro science and bullshit that’s plagued the cesspool that is the “fitness” industry allowing snakeoil salesmen thrive, freely exploiting others.
I learned the fundamental principles such as sets x reps and rest periods for different goals from text books and research studies but real world application and experience have taught me just as much, if not more.
Care to point me in the right direction regarding a decent study on trained individuals? Just give me a title and I’ll find it.