I know that many successful programs out there rely on percentages, planning and "science." However I question whether it is the best way of going about making progress.
I propose this for two reasons:
People around the world have been getting bigger, stronger, faster, leaner, better, more athletic etc. for decades without fancy programs. I feel that many were successful due to hard work and consistency rather than "science." How many strong people out there have ever heard 5/3/1, Westside and Russian training manuals? I say most have not(think prisoners, guys who have just gotten strong from training and people with lesser means.) Many people do not have access to this information.
The human body is a living, changing adaptive organism. It is not a machine that works by plugging in certain weights, numbers, percentages and weights. There are too many factors in life that fluctuate daily (stress, energy, diet, genetics, sleep etc) to try to program so rigidly.
So what really matters?
For me.."Prinicples I believe in are"
-Get stronger but use a certain volume. Low volume/HIT type training never has built my strength, it only tests it.
Low reps (1-5) build my strength WAY better than higher reps. I know some people that this is not true for.
Train optimally, not maximally. I don't think maxing out in any rep range is that useful. That is testing strength, not building it and it burns me out. I like to train sub maximally with more volume.
Progress slow and when I am ready to. I don't believe in rigid training parameters. I like to maybe work in a certain % range of my 1RM on a big lift but auto regulate based on how I feel that day.
Only prioritize 1 or 2 lifts in a workout. Everything else is for support and cannot be given the same priority.
Train for multiple qualities, size, strength speed in the same phase. I don't like going weeks without doing high or low reps. I like and need the mix of both and think its the best way for me.
Im sure many of the things I said here are not new or revolutionary but wanted to start a discussion. I just feel too many coaches and trainers are trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to training. Some are just looking to make a quick dollar on newbies and desperate trainees.
PS- That being said 5/3/1 is the best program that I have followed and obviously it does work well for many and Westside lifters are very successful. So these programs to have merit.