Not posted in awhile, been making steady progress in lifts and measurements. Still repping the oh-so-miraculous discovery that arms respond to DIRECT ARM WORK. Why that didn't go in earlier..
I've been thinking a lot lately about the importance of reaching close to your "limit strength" in 4-6(8 tops) rep ranges for all main movements before "moving on" to more 8-12 style stuff.
Basically, both gangs seem to be right: If you bench 3 plates a side you will mostly look bigger then the guy who benches 2 (strength side), in the same vain a certain strength levelis usually seen in guys with a certain amount of muscle.
But at the same time, CCs postings (in Alpha) about the importance of not neglecting rear-delts, calfs, arms, side delts etc. from the outset if you want the balanced "bodybuilder-look" physique is even more key to those who actually want to look like a bodybuilder.
So, especially to you guys who are repping 300lb+ for bench and 400+ for squats...., how important do YOU think building this level of strength is in the pursuit of hypertrophy and perhaps even more key- do you agree with my thoughts that 8-12 rep range on main exercises for people at 40-60% of their strength potential seems an easy way to get nowhere fast.
If a lifter like me, who is still one session away from hitting the amusingly allusive 100kg bench press, honestly wants to get "big" as a natural, am I getting there faster from 4-6 reps on the bench to build up to 140kg+ presses over time, or 8+ reps...
To me this seems to be the way I can gain strength, but then others may be able to "easily" build strength regardless of rep range, where I struggle even with low reps. My genetics seem more inclined to reasonable leanness and muscle growth when nutrients are provided.