I appreciate the honesty and I understand your approach to my questions. I imagine a lot of noobs ask questions like these but I need to exercise my brain proportionately to what I do in the gym. It is the way my mind works and it fosters both discipline, structure and creativity for myself, that and gains obviously.
As for what is wrong with commercial gyms? Regarding mine (DW Fitness):
- The weight plates are covered in plastic so an example of doing just positives on max deadlifts is a no go.
- Chalk is a no no
- Resistance bands are non existent and essential for someone who is a big fan of Louie Simmons type training (and financially not available for me to buy my own atm)
- No power racks
- Cheap dumbbells that can't be dropped when you are trying to save your rotator cuffs on heavy sets
I could go on and on.
As for technique, mine is pretty fantastic if I am being objective but it's the little things that we are ignorant of that can stave off either injury, make something seem that more effortless to add on those extra few kilos. As for what you call the "majors" I am guessing that you are saying that I should emphasise the bench, squat, deadlift and overhead press in my workouts, I am a huge fan of doing this already.
Regarding over training, I don't see it as a problem. I view it as wanting to understand it better as a short term training tool.
Not being defensive, I train 5-6 times a week and experiment with my routines every six weeks. Should I spend a lifetime exclusively experimenting when I can learn from the wisdom of others to cut down or at least enhance my learning curve?
As for why would I want to look at a whole book or instructional dvd all at once? The reason being that books and dvd's have a design and structure about them which has often lead me to learning things I wouldn't necessarily google about or perhaps stumble upon. Although I do stumble upon many good things. But an entire source certainly gives a more holistic understanding towards a trainer's philosophy and application.
I totally get that I must easily sound like a totally over keen noob getting way over his head. But that isn't really the case, I am just being a little modest and want some good literature. That and I have had too many injuries from playing sport to not want optimum performance and longevity for myself.
I really hope that I am not coming across as being completely defensive, I just wanted to address your points honestly.