The whole “is all a matter of stimulus” thing can and is deceiving because everything doesn’t work for every person.
“What works for one group might not for another….. Its all a matter of level and can get very confusing at times.”
Coudln’t of said it better myself.
Cleans, squats, lunges, deadlifts etc. are not the same as machine circuits, but I guarantee you when there is eventually a sprinter who runs 9.7 and does exclusively machine circuits, Charlie and whoever else will be the first to say that it is “all general.”
I don’t think I conveyed my message clearly. I wasn’t trying to say that it is all general and that a stimulus is a stimulus, and thats certainly not what Charlie advocates. What I was trying to say was that all of these methods have their place at different points in the development of an athlete and vary in importance according to their level and experience and genetics,ect… Its difficult to pin point what works when but some coaches have figured out how to progress an athlete through various stages of accomplishment.
Weight training is the easiest type of training to see direct results and I think sometimes people over-emphasize their means.
Relating this back to the topic at hand, I think that it limits potential when you limit you’re strength training regimens to a single exercise.