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Old 04-10-2011, 07:13 AM   #3
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Let me respond to the question with a few questions. Maybe this will aid the discussion. Before I do I will state that most everyone who puts in a good effort, uses progression and a good diet will make beginner gains, even if they have a horrible workout.

Now, the questions:

--Is it best to use an elaborate program without a purpose?
--Is it best to evolve your training? (Start simple and basic and learn your body and how it responds before adding pieces)
--What is the best (most efficient way) for guys who are not bodybuilders and powerlifters to train?

Now some insight:

--Most bodybuilders (and even powerlifters) didn't make the bulk of their gains with the program they are using now.
--Most programs are developed by steroid-using bodybuilders.
--Most developed programs were not used by the developer themselves until they had already made great gains.

Full body workouts were for all intents and purposes all very similar. They revolved around a core group of lifts and generally had a similar structure.

Splits are like mutant viruses and teach the mentality that it's ok to pick and choose what you do; the exercises aren't important because every workout is different. Splits place a greater priority on individualism rather than on wise structure.

Will splits work? Yes. But they should be comprised of heavy compounds lifts, moderate volume, and they should be basic. (Wendler's is the perfect example)

The problem isn't with splits - it's with the split mentality.

You have 10 million lifters on forums creating their own splits. These programs are:

A) Directionless and based on "buffet, pick and choose what feels good" fluff.
B) Aren't focused on progression, persistence and heavy compounds.

Simply stated, all the fuel is put into the wrong fuel tank.
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