I know this was one of the more incendiary topics in TNation's past. Because of that, I don't really feel like reading through all the bickering that occurred over hundreds of threads.
Was anyone around then and following all of that?
I'm interested in a basic summary of what the whole argument was about, and what the major points were.
I know, for beginners and some intermediates, that the body can recover well enough to keep progressing pretty steadily with a whole-body routine. I also know that whole-body training definitely has a role for those people focused on athletic and "functional" muscle, and just general conditioning.
There's also been a few people that have said that whole-body routines (especially 20rep squat programs) are very good at adding size without much additional fat. I saw a comment like that fairly recently, but many posts from years ago said the same things.
So I'm trying to figure out how whole-body training vs splits fits in with this whole "getting bigger and stronger while still staying lean".