I'm more interested in strength sports, but I do consider being a bodybuilder after clean and jerking 405 pounds (NO BODYBUILDING UNTIL I FIRST CLEAN AND JERK 405 POUNDS!).
And here's the thing that I've noticed......
Olympic weightlifters (from NOVICE to ELITE) train at a high frequency with maximal weights.
Powerlifters (from NOVICE to ELITE) train alot less frequent than Olympic Weightlifters, but also lift maximal weights.
I'm just generalizing so please bear with me...
And here is what I noticed from bodybuilders. They ALL talk about bodypart splits, pre-exhaust sets, supersets, etc. Alot of them talk about "feeling" the muscle while lifting, or "pumping up" the muscle while lifting.
The concept of the "pump" have been mocked by soooo many sources, and yet it's what Arnold has talked about.
Let's be fair here. Guys like Glenn Pendlay and Ivan Abadjiev, who have coached olympic weightlifters with great success, are big proponents of high frequency training.
In this case, Arnold Schwarzenegger and any other successful bodybuilder who have successfully trained other bodybuilders to success are the "Pendlays" and "Abadjievs" of bodybuilding. They have EXPERIENCE, REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE in training guys to get buff and look like bodybuilders.
So why exactly is the concept of the "pump" being mocked all over the place? That's like saying that doing Mark Rippetoe's Texas Method sucks for intermediate lifters because blah blah blah. But the Texas Method works.
More importantly, how is such a concept (the pump) be implented in a training program (for bodybuilding purposes) with success?
What are your thoughts on this?