Thank you all for your responses.
As anyone can tell you the first 4-5 years that you lift weights you have no real idea as to what you are doing, unless of course you have a great mentor or coach.
In high school after 2 years of lifting without any sort of fixed program, I began to follow the traditional bodybuilder split style of training, working out 4-5 days a week focusing on individual muscle groups each workout. By my sophomore year of college I realized that I was not lifting the kind of poundage that I would like and I was spending way too much time in the gym, so I experimented with Dr. Darden’s and Arthur Jones HIT. I trained 3 days per week doing full body workouts of 8-12 exercises, 1-2 sets per exercise. This helped increase my lifts some but eventually I began to feel that I was performing too many movements and I needed to do more than 1 set since I did not feel that I could go to absolute failure safely with the weights that I was starting to use. In the last year or so I have began to do workouts similar to the one that I have described. I try to base them on how men such as John Grimek, Reg Park, and other old school hard working powerful men trained. These workouts have helped me to develop a substantial amount of strength. I have considered trying power lifting workouts that involve specialization on the big lifts but I think that those programs take too much time, are more complex than they need to be, and require the use of bench shirts, wraps, or other types of specialized equipment that I have no interest in using.
My goal is to be as functionally powerful as possible. I like feeling strong and being able to use that strength on the wrestling mat (wrestling helps me get aggression and rage out of my system and in my opinion helps put a person into that warrior state of mind, something that all men should experience). I have participated in bodybuilding and lifting competitions and in my experience both of these activities feed ego and vanity, two things that if they go unchecked can really mess you up. (This may not be so for other people but they have that sort of negative effect on me so I choose to stay away from them.)
So you guys are right that I do have an idea as to what works for me. It is mostly due to straight up trial and error. I wrote my previous post because I have mainly walked this path (of trying to improve myself physically) alone. I don’t know any people that have any real training knowledge, that are much stronger than I am, and are able to intelligently discuss training. So I was just curious as to what other guys that have developed a considerable amount of strength are doing.
Thanks for listening,