Bingo, especially when many people can reach the coveted 2 x bodyweight squat with bodybuilding training in the first place!
I am beating a dead horse, but I think such statements need repeating over and over again, especially to save young people from wasting their freaking time and to have them progress while remaining injury free, or at least try to remain injury free. The whole notion of "just add weight to the bar" and everything will fall into place for building a physique--and we are speaking of building bodybuilder physiques here--has implied to many that all one needs to do is figure out how to get a better overhead press, deadlift, bench press, and deadlift and bodybuilding success will follow, never mind that one can and should be adding weight to dumbbells, bodyweight exercises, cables, and machines over time too!
It's as if it's implied that bodybuilders' do not use progressive overload at all; that they just pick up a randomly loaded dumbbell or barbell and pump away with no set and rep scheme or aim to progress in weight and repetitions. This is especially implied when discussing pre-exhaust, because heaven forbid, after completing that first isolation exercise, the subsequent compound lift will have to be lowered in weight a bit, never mind that one can still add weight to the isolation exercise and subsequent compound lift in the pre-exhaust sequence. This is all very hard to understand for some people, especially the ones who don't understand progression in bodybuilding in a holistic sense, not just a matter of "adding weight to the bar" (barf!).
At this point I don't know which terms make me want to barf more: "protein synthesis", "frequency", or "add weight to the bar".
So true! But the aforesaid naysayers will still scoff at such a notion and say goody shit like, you should lock out on bench presses and variations because, after all, that makes for dysfunctional training, and like, you won't be efficient in "real world" situations when you have to lock out your arms, as if one won't follow through in a punch because he's used to benching short of lock out! LMAO!
This is also why it actually is important to gauge whether one feels pump and congestion in a muscle after a set of an exercise done with the bodybuilding method. What the hell sense is there to blindly barbell bench press if some guy only gets a pump in his triceps and/or delts from the exercise. There are actually bodybuilders who have excelled without doing ANY barbell pressing or rowing exercises for their backs, chest, and shoulders. I myself actually built my chest from a flat one to an alright one with dumbbells, cables, dips and plate loaded bench press machines.
Of course a natural can use Meadows' programs as there are naturals who have built up a shit ton of volume tolerance. I used high volume, pre-exhaust, and relatively high reps in some exercise. I guess one can say my training is Meadows-esque. My friends do the same.