[quote]Bill Roberts wrote:
Just as a note, the OP was viewing this matter as being one of not wanting to “rely on a split” but instead train bodyparts when the mood strikes (though he did not use that latter phrase.)
It’s one thing to realize that a bodypart could use for example more sets than previously anticipated for that day, or needs less, or ought to be trained at a differing weight. It’s an entirely other thing to figure that regardless of experience and knowledge, one can’t plan a split that is better than just acting on the spur of the moment.
Now a given individual’s planning ability may not allow him to do so, but to say that in general such planning is inferior to spur of the moment, I cannot agree with.[/quote]
Again, to the OP and to you, there is a huge difference between not going by a planned routine yet having done this so many times over that I know what needs to be trained and how and can make immediate decisions on the spot…and someone who is simply doing whatever whenever.
If I get to the gym to train shoulders, I sit on the machine and my shoulder joint is hurting BEYOND that of a minor discomfort or simple strain that can be trained past, the idiot is the one who trains shoulders anyway simply because it is on the schedule. The smart guy is the one who immediately starts training biceps because he knows he trained back 2 days ago, his biceps are rested, and he is going to do whatever muscle group stresses that joint the least.
If that is what we mean when discussing “instinctive training” then yes, that IS the smarter way to approach training long term.