Chad and others,
In one of your old Branding Iron columns you mention something to the effect that working an entire chain of muscles is best because the body will work the chain together to avoid strength imbalances. I also remember reading your take on antagonistic supersets and working the antagonists for the same reason; your body will tend to limit the strength of a muscle if it's antagonist across the joint is weak in order to save the joint.
What's the mechanism at work here? Is this mediated by the action of Golgi organs and muscle spindles? Am I way off and there are other proprioreceptors or chemo/hormonal factors at play?
I'm intrigued at what this implies for the benefits of total body training and training what I like to call gross body movements, i.e. large compund total body action vice isolation movements.
Here's that branding iron:
(It made me go out and by a 1.5 inch 50 foot manilla rope for truck pulls...)