If I understand your approach, it might be "strong is good, looking strong is good, being and looking strong both are great." This is the idea I get from your posts.
That might be a better summary than I could have given it myself. Expect me to steal this line many times going forward.
If I made any changes it would be:
"Strong is good, looking strong is good, being and looking strong is best"
So I'm wondering with the workouts you do, did you follow the strategy of focusing only on major lifts for a long time to "gain a foundation of strength" before adopting your current split? Or have you always followed more of this type of routine?
I avoided isolation for awhile, but found this forum early enough to at least get it half right. ;)
I had done some reading, made up some crazy push pull, that would have worked given the effort, but I was still a bit far away from where I needed to be. Couple of posts, and I basically bastardized the SS template for myself. I took the core principle of "do the big lift, and do it first" and ran with it (I'm am a firm believer in the 80/20 rule and this solidified it). I also took the "low rep" principle. (Shout out to Stu for the 5 rep range. To this day, thank this man of some of the best advice I've ever gotten weight lifting. 5 reps baby, 5 flipping reps, and make sure they all are work.)
Then I kept reading and reading and reading, article after article, guru after guru, getting my head all twisted up in dogma and what ultimately was book & magazine selling BS... Until one day TimD gave me the best single piece of advice I've ever gotten concerning the iron. "It really is as simple as lift, eat, sleep."
That really struck me. I figured out that, $h1t, this isn't that damn complicated, lol. Just bust your ass and you'll be rewarded for it. So... I decided I was going to pwn every damn lift I did, and if I couldn't, I'd find a lift that did the same for me, and pwn that one, and see what cards it delt me. (I am a good puller, and I'll be damned if I didn't pull my ass off. To the point were I burnt out, and only recently got back into it. I'd be in the 600's if I wasn't dumb about it before.) There are downsides to this, in that you end up avoiding the stuff you are bad at and focusing on what you are good at, but...
So as I moved forward and grew in areas I noticed I wasn't growing in others, so I would add in, swap out, ect ect etc. I would adjust small things now and again and see how they treated me. As I learned where and what I've responded to thus far, I can make bigger changes now, and know the expected results.
wow, that really didn't answer your question at all, lol, did it?
But again man, I'm humbled that you even care what I have to say. Thanks again.
(Also, Hoose told me something that will always stick with me too: After the best explanation on supplements I've ever heard: "But I'm just a dumb farmer, what do I know?" I can't explain how or why that meant so much, but it really does, to this day. I use that in my professional life, constantly.)