I love articles like this, especially from Dan John http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_art ... p_training
I love how he makes everything seem so simple and straightforward.
Anyway I loved that article because, recently, my whole training group has been screwed up. I train with one experienced lifter and 2 beginners. The experienced one i've trained with for years, but only on a Fri and Sat because he's a night shift worker. So, that makes 3. We now have a 4th, also a beginner. These are all friends of mine. Sometimes, some "gym friends" will jump in, if they happen to be in at the same time and feel up for it.
Anyway, I started working in the gym so, my training schedule is random at best, although it's getting more structured again. One of the beginners started/is working similar hours recently so he's on a similar boat. The beginner that's left won't train himself. The experienced one trains same time, same days, every single week.
So, my little group of lifters hasn't been great recently. Well, on Friday, we had a full house. All 4 of us, for a change. What a difference. We pretty much had the gym to ourselves, too. It's the best workout i've had in months. I've had some great workouts recently but, this one had an edge, and the post workout milk tasted so much better than usual.
Started with speed squats but in two's, as "i go you go". Then worked up to heavy DL's, in the group of 4 taking as much rest as we felt like. Then knocked 20% off for some rep outs which means we can all compete with each other - a 500lbs deadlifter can compete with a 300lbs deadlifter! Good Fun.
Then we followed each other around BB Bulgarians, Rollouts, and DB back extensions, running down the clock. Felt like dying. Was great.