What about the phrase "yes there are programs that “fit all”. They just have to be rooted in common sense."?
I agree with Eric. The statements are not contradictory. They're just 2 sides of the same coin. Some things are universal but there are individual differences. As for a "fit all" program, the basics apply to everyone, common sense needs to be applied to account for the individual differences. That's why, when talking to newbs, we're aways giving "take Starting Strength and call me in 6 months" type advice.
Yeah I agree.
It is like: Hey the basics work for everyone. If you get a strong pull you will have a strong PC. But one guy will pull bigger sumo, and the other conventional.
While the advice is the same and applies to everyone "Get strong on the big compounds," the execution and progression will vary.
But then again. Maybe we are reading way too far into this, and he was half in the wrapper when he did the interview and we all look like dumbasses trying to pontificate about his half drunk rambling... I mean, he doesn't really seem like he is some great philosopher. He is a biker meathead that got strong and wrote a book about it.
(Which on some levels I bet he regrets because he has every jackass that has ever touched a barbell thinking he "gets" him after reading 4 articles, and he is bombarded with question after question which he has answered 17 times, and are most likely in the book. IDK, but every time I see his face on TNation I get the feeling he hates what he has created, lol. All he wanted was to make a couple bucks to feed his kid.)