Thanks for the replies guys. I don't really get a chance to "talk shop" too often, my thoughts...
I totally agree with "visualization" of any kind in any endeavor. I do this subconsciously every day in a general sense (see myself as being big, seeing results along these lines also helps to reinforce it!).
I totally agree with Professor X and others. Maybe most people not getting anywhere with their efforts would do well with throwing out all of body type/fiber type/genetics minutia for awhile and just kick ass in and out of the gym.
This is what a typical squat set looks like for me, note I don't focus on the specific target muscles, just on getting the weight the hell up...
1) Psyche myself up for the lift (not thinking about quads or hams at all, just some strong picture).
2) Grab bar, take deep breath/get core tight, unrack, and step back...
3) Descend and think "UP!" on each rep until done.
Visualization is a great tool BUT do you guys think that visualizing, specifically during the work sets would aid in hypertrophy, even with heavy compound lifts around the 3-5 rep range?
Is there a trade off between visualizing the working muscles and using more weight?
Do any of you guys actually do this?
Maybe I'll give it a shot today. If anybody hears of a new mountain range being discovered in Florida today on the news, just know that it was me visualizing my biceps as "mountainous."