Thedudeabides had a good (and successful) run with this program, or similar, if I recall, might want to check that out. It’s worked, whatever it was. ‘Success leaves footprints’ and X2 on the advice “do lifts such as squats heavy and often, but add in more isolation work”.[/quote]
Thanks. I did pretty good for only eight weeks. Towards the end I was adding only 5lbs every other workout, then only once a week.
[quote]I think the ‘stronglifts’ kids have popularised the idea that squats: good and muscularity developed from doing some sets of isolation movements in the traditional hypertrophy range of 6-12 reps at the end of the workout: bad. That is false. There is absolutely nothing to gain by avoiding all exercises besides the 6 or so outlined in starting strength. I have done it and IMO that program just doesn’t have enough volume (or frequency).
You can use isolation movements intelligently, such as by identifying your weak points in the key lifts (such as triceps, or back, or whatever) and then doing some isolation exercises to improve that bodypart, which will actually benefit your compound exercises. [/quote]
Very true. I wondered why I was starting to have joint problems. I also thought that ONLY doing chins and dips was enough “isolation”. Wrong. Started having shoulder and elbow pain, which did start to affect my lifts.
It does not take very long and prevents future training problems.
Thinking about it out of context, it’s really strange, the guys promoting that way of training (like the guy ‘mehdi’) must be, I assume, all about being strong realtive to your weight, like kind of quasi-gymnasts.
IMO being strong > ‘relatively strong’ (not to say being fat is cool).
Obviously, doing tricep kickbacks will not increase your squat. What it WILL DO however is increase mind-muscle connection with triceps, as you cannot fail but contract triceps using that movement, but you can make CGBP all ‘shoulder-y’ for example. This will then lead to greater gains in the bench and overhead press.
Rear delt flyes/similar is another type of movement which, although targeting small muscles, is absolutely vital for shoulder health, to allow you to continue pressing and pulling hard.
But for the OP, good luck mate, I hope that SS works very well for you. [/quote]