Hasn’t it occurred to you yet that your prior efforts and thought processes might teach you something and help you “roll with improving” this program?
It’s a great point and yes I do. If I want to include specifics I mean that’s a lot of years of lifting to cover.
So with HST, Westside, and GVT in each case I got stronger and saw gains but from an aesthetic standpoint I didn’t see corresponding improvements. My PRs were after about a year of Westside training and I got 295/365/415 bench/squat/deadlift. My squat depth was lacking at this point in time.
I had a 3 year hiatus and became a weak, overweight 193 lbs. I hit the gym again for about 2 years without any specific methodology and got down to around 160 lbs. My lifts were pretty weak at this point though. If I remember correctly I went to about 205/245/325.
Over the next year I was going back and forth between Westside and GVT again. I got my lifts back up to 225/295/375.
The next couple years my health experiments started. For the first six months I was using a lot of Westside principles I was limiting my exercise to 3 hours a week for the most part. I continued to use GVT and high volume strategies and got my baseline weight up to 170 lbs the first year.
A few things stick out here.
One is that you mentioned aesthetics here, and unless I missed something, this is the first time you’ve mentioned aesthetic goals in this thread. If that was the biggest pitfall of the Strength-oriented training protocols you followed, then does that mean you currently have aesthetic goals apart from performance? Also, you mentioned limiting yourself to 3 hours of exercise per week. Do you mean 3 hours of strength training per week, or exercise, period?