No where did I say you couldn’t make gains not using a W program. It’s obvious though if he is just transitioning to this, the fact that he says rack pull or RDL (two extremely different movements), as well as the fact that he’s training bodypart in essence instead of by movement (usual differences in bb vs pl), than it’s obvious he should learn how things affect him and how to program instead of trying to make his own. Just my 2 cents. [/quote]
Sorry, my comment wasn’t meant to be confrontational in any way. You’re right, I think a lot of lifters might be best suited to just hop into Wendlers program as opposed to dick around with all sorts of half assed routines (I think you made a compilation of that one guy’s 9 threads in 7 day time frame creating his own program…) so they can start somewhere. Actually doing the lifting is the most important part, as opposed to all the hours of thought in overthinking routine design. And starting with a well designed program could create a good base from which a lifter can venture out from with time as they experience what works for them.
On the other hand, I had great success just through trial and error piecing together my own program over the years. What resulted from all that, however, and is very interesting, is a program very similar to a 5/3/1 (without percentages, but same general wave progression of max lifts) with a BBB or triumverate template. So I suppose I could have saved myself a lot of time and just started there, and maybe would be farther along now then I am, but nonetheless, I have plenty of experience with a whole lot of exercises and am fairly in touch with what works for me, what needs work, and what I should leave behind all together.