I can understand building up to high volume, although everyone’s opinion of high volume is different (if I remember rightly, John doesn’t seem to do low volume (under 10 sets/bodypart). For me, 10-12 sets/bodypart is high volume (typically, for long term gains, I do better with less than 8 sets/bodypart, and even less for higher rep sets like for legs).
In fact, I’d question how many natties with average recovery (or less) would do well long term with what John says is “medium” volume (assuming the lifter is putting in 100% effort).
It really would help if his articles weren’t so specific to a certain area, and covered more of the principles. But I guess if you make your living through coaching you’re obviously not going to want to reveal too much.[/quote]
True, unfortunately it is hard to see how his routines work with his clients too. Dave Tate is apparently liking it but not only are his genetics insane, he’s also had more size I believe in the past so its not like its new gains. I can’t say for sure about Shelby, I think he mixes it up.
[i]This is from his shoulder article:
Here’s a typical shoulder workout from Phase I of my program (8 sets total). Remember, I do chest first with barbell inclines to help with shoulder development.
Heavy lateral raises (partial reps): Grab a pair of very heavy dumbbells, and let your arms hang straight out to the side. Just do little swings. Do 4 sets of 35 reps. Tilt your head back when you do these, and again, keep your arms straight. Make sure the medial head of your delts begins to lift the weight up.
Machine rear delts (reverse peck deck): 3 sets of 35 reps. Get the weight back as far as you can with kind of an exaggerated ROM.
Rear delt dumbbell laterals face down on incline bench: 1 destroyer set. Grab heavy dumbbells, strap up, and do 60 reps. Drop the weight and pick up half of that weight for the next set of 30. Lastly, drop that weight in half, and do 10 reps using a FULL RANGE OF MOTION and 2 second holds. Lights out delts! [/i]
Just doesn’t seem like something you’d do consistently to get big shoulders, and thats just phase 1 (“medium volume”). Although maybe I’m wrong. Or maybe I’m wrong about people here thinking his stuff is so great.