Recently I have been reading Sergey Ponamarev’s Instagram posts, he coaches Marianna Gasparyan and CC Ingram (Top 2 female lifters), Danny Grigsby (900+DL, 800 or so squat). He is saying that the way most people are training is not efficient, too much volume and not allowing for recovery, he says that his lifters don’t train a lift more than once a week. This is totally contrary to what a lot of people are preaching these days, but it looks like it’s working for his lifters so it’s hard to say it’s wrong.
Of course drugs are another issue, but he says that most programs wont work well for people who neither take drugs nor are genetically gifted. Based on what I have heard from other coaches, the main difference between natural and drugs is that you get better results with drugs, so basically the same program might only give minimal results for a natural lifter.
In my case, I have been training hard and making meagre gains on bench and trying to avoid elbow tendinitis, plus recently I was having some issues with something in my back/hip that screwed up my squat and deadlift training. I can see why more of a long term approach makes sense because if you go all-out you will wear yourself out before you get far. It seems like the main advantage of higher frequency is that you learn proper technique faster, but once you get past that stage maybe a more conservative approach could get you further.
@Reed - I think you might have something useful to add here