I’ve been doing a ton of reading while injured and waiting to start training seriously and bulking again. I still can’t answer this question for myself. I’ve read loads of the stickies/best of threads, and learnt loads. Some say a split is ALWAYS best for bodybuilding/aesthetic goals. Others say if you are weak, do a strength routine first.
Take me as an example, 18 months experience, 6’1 195lb, and i cant bench more than about 140 for 3 sets of 8. Obviously i can train this by trying to force the strength up on a strength program, or i can do say 3 sets of 6-8 and every time i hit 8 reps, increase the weight so im starting at probably 6 reps again. But is the weight im training with too light to bother with this type of routine?