Anyway, I was just hoping for some suggestions on how to setup a program up geared for size and strength [/quote]
That’s what most of the programs posted on here by the coaches are geared towards! I know how you feel about “analysis by paralysis”, I am guilty of it myself. You want to try every new thing that you read about and you want to try it right now! However that is impossible to do and you are best to rely on a solid base of core lifts with a little variation each time.
I would take the easy path and trust that you will get results from programs written by guys such as CT and CW. Remember that they have trained hundreds, maybe even thousands, of clients during their careers. Just through the sheer weight of numbers they can collect huge amounts of empirical data, and from this they can get a good idea of what is “optimal” and what is not, especially as they are working with very different types of people. And they can discover this a lot quicker than you or I can working on our own! You don’t have to re-invent the wheel.
Granted, the programs they post have to be aimed at the general training population and may not be optimal for you, but it is a pretty good bet that it would be, and all you may have to do after trying a few of the programs is to tweak a “few” things to optimise it for yourself, but never stray too far from the basic principles on which the programs are written.
So I recommend the following plan:
Pick a training plan from one of the coaches, I think CW’s will suit you for your goals of size and strength, CT’s are often geared towards the athletic performance side of things.
Try the programs for at least 6 months. You have to be patient! I’m not sure how old you are, but if you are young you’ve got heaps of time to work out what is best for you.
Keep a training journal and keep track of your progress. Make notes of what works and what doesn’t. Remember that you have to factor in things such as sleep and diet. You can’t say that a particular program doesn’t work if you don’t sleep or eat correctly whilst doing it!
If you find after a significant time you aren’t making progress, then it may be time to try some other method e.g. if CW’s stuff doesn’t work try a Westside template. You need a lot of patience to stick with it, even when you are desperate to try out the latest training article that comes out on T-Nation!
I think it would be good to remember a few quotes that guys such as Dan John have passed on to us. In one of the articles on his site (I hope I am remembering this correctly) he recalls asking someone if what he was doing was a good program. He was asked if he was improving. When he answered “Yes” the reply he got was “Then it’s a good program!” I would keep this in mind as you track your results. To find out if it is optimum, see if you improve more rapidly than other programs, especially if you have already got diet and sleep figured out correctly. I would call that an optimum program.
Hope this helps,