In articles, books, forum suggestions and elsewhere advice abouts that argues for “individualization”. “Don’t train like Ronnie Coleman, because you’re not Ronnie Coleman.” “Don’t attempt a training regimen that Marius Pudzianowski, because he can do things that you can only dream of.” “Cookie-cutter workouts don’t work, you have to do what works best for you”.
I’m not a complete idiot in regards to weightlifting; I have a sports medicine minor and passed a proctored CSCS exam. However, with the small exception of Thib’s ‘Black Book of Training Secrets’, where he explains how to evaluate your fiber standing, I have never seem a systematic treatment of how to figure out “what works best for you”. It seems just assumed that people will do this.
I have always followed the rule of “figure out what works best and stick with it” for doing things. I apply all I know regarding weight training science. Still I am left with vague suggestions that I should “customize my programs for what works for me.” Advice is even given that “advanced athletes should do X, while beginners should do Y” yet guidelines are never given as to what constitutes an advanced athlete or how you might determine that a person is an advanced athlete.
I hope to purchase “Practical Programming” by Mark Rippetoe when I return to the states, and maybe he will answer my questions. However, I thought I would pose it to you first.