I am fascinated by this thread, but I can't escape the idea that there is no such thing as the perfect solution and seeking it might be detrimental.
What's perfect for one person won't be perfect for another, pushing too hard and incurring injuires, pushing too little and not increasing fast enough, etc. etc. Always seeking perfection in method might be a flaw in and of itself. There is no perfection. What worked for xyz, won't work for abc.
Nor should it. People are different. Body adaptations are different. Brutally micro-analayzing historically great routines of past champions are wonderful, for guys who are similar to past champions. Not many of those around now, though.
BtB's point is crucial. What pieces work, and how can most folk incorporate those pieces that match them into their own routines. That is the question.
The longer I try to be xyz, perhaps the longer it will be until I am best MikeM I can be. I will get stronger day by day as long as I work hard using any routine. But, if I hurt myself trying to be what I'm not, or wear myself (and worse, my family life) out by pushing too hard, or I focus too hard on one goal without realizing I may have a few different goals in the next few years, then I am limiting myself despite my maximum efforts in the gym.
I want to be the best MikeM I can be. That requires a balance and a realization that I am what I am.
I am Anton Zdravko Martin!
Best meet lifts: Sq 150 Kg (330 lb), Bench 120 Kg (264), DL 160 (352) @89 Kg (197)
Best gym lifts: Sq 375, Bench 280 (pause), DL 385 @205 or less
Goals beyond my wildest dreams, 600 Kg raw total, 200/160/240
Hack away at anything which isn't essential. Do what you love, and do it often. Fazc.
Everything competes for recovery so more assistance is not always the best idea. miked96