Its not just Waterbury. Its any author who offers a routine. Only noobies are gullible enough to follow someone else’s routine to a “T”.
I am sure they are all intelligent people with a lot of tricks up their sleeves. But use your brain. Pick out the useful tidbits from their articles. Find out what works for you. Making your own custom-tailored routine is what will net you results. Cutting a routine out of a magazine is laughable at best.
It boggles my mind why this discussion is even taking place.
I don’t know. While I agree that there is some truth to your statement, it would also be foolish to say that “pre written” routines are not valuable (even in many cases for advanced trainees).
Just a quick glance at the track records of programs like Starting Strength, 5x5, Westside, DC, to name some of the more popular and successful ones, and it’s pretty obvious that pre written programs can be quite effective.
Yes, sometimes writing your own program is the way to go. But, if you can take advantage of other’s experience and what they have found works best after trying different things on literally thousands (if not tens of thousands) of trainees over decades of training, then why wouldn’t you want to?
Why spend 10 years of your time experimenting with countless different self made programs to find that one that works well, when you can draw on the knowledge of someone who has already done so and found something that works well for 95% of the training population?
I’m all for self knowledge, but sometimes I think it’s good to just humble yourself and follow a proven effective program.
But, hey as long as you are progressing towards you goals, that’s really all that matters.[/quote]
I dont think he is saying “pre written routines wont work” but rather that in order to make any routine, be it just what you feel like doing that day or something that is laid out to the tee, the understanding of your own body is what is most important and that doing exactly what someone else is saying without some personal physiological feedback is a bad idea for anyone beyond the stage of “lift heavier than yesterday”.
This comes into play with Dante’s blasting and cruising and the decision of how much weight/reps to add, in westside with the selection of lifts, rotation, GPP, and loading. 5x5 is the only one that you mentioned that doesnt allow for some sort of personal adaptation, but I think that that entire program is centered around the one aspect that most beginning trainees dont understand (progression) and that is why it has been successful.
Personally, I have made my best gains on three programs- Alwyn Cosgrove’s New Rules Hypertrophy program, DC, (and the absolute best progress Iv made yet-20 lbs in 3 months) doing whatever I felt like my body was ready to do that day, high reps, low reps, machines, dumbbells, whatever, as long as I was getting stronger.
I really think the point of this thread is this:
Dont major in the minors.