THAT BEING SAID… there is the fact that this guy is 16 years old. At that age, I think it would be a good idea, in the first 5 years of lifting at least, to run a few different programs that utilize different training philosophies. Just for the experience.[/quote]
You hit the nail on the head there. Maybe five to at most 10 programs in that first five years would be a great way to start out, because you’d get at least six months on each one. [/quote]
Yep. I ran a lot of different programs, mostly bodybuilding-oriented, in my first several years, before landing on 5/3/1 and dedicating myself to really building strength everywhere. I wouldn’t have found my niche if I had looked at 5/3/1 and said ‘nah, too much legs, not enough biceps’ (which was essentially how I lifted previously). Conversely, someone who starts out with basic powerlifting templates may eventually find that bodybuilding suits their mentality better if they give it a chance. I’m thinking of Shelby Starnes here, as well as Ronnie Coleman and even Arnold. Arnold competed as both a powerlifter and a weightlifter early on his career, before he dedicated himself 100% to bodybuilding. And Shelby was predominantly a powerlifter for several years, before he realized he simply liked the nuances of bodybuilding more than what he had previously done.[/quote]
Wise, wise words. Even over a relatively short time I’ve found I see best progress doing the PL lifts (well, since I compete I have to) with more bb style work to complement them. I used to stick only to PL stuff but there was always something missing.