I was looking at your 4/5 Day Split that you made and I have a couple of questions.
1) This workout is considerably lower volume then my 3-day split which consist of 16 sets for back, 10 sets for triceps, 18 sets for legs, 14 sets for shoulders, 16 sets for chest, and 8-10 sets for biceps. And that is considerably lower volume then before. Would this workout still be effective if my muscles are use to training with the above volume?
2) 10 sets for chest vs. 15 sets for back, shouldn't the two be more even with chest being worked out with slightly less volume. Also, legs are only 13 sets? As they are the largest muscle group, shouldn't they be worked out with the highest volume? Triceps have more sets then shoulders? Arm work seems to be really low volume but with my small arms versus your big arms, I should probably listen to your opinion more.
3) Is it alright if I substitute the following exercises? Or alternate between them if I stall on one? Such as, alternate v-bar pulldowns with wide-bar pulldowns ever so often. Replace standing lunges with heavy leg presses. Replace close grip bench press with rope extensions. Alternate plate loaded hammer strength shoulder press machine, push-press, sitting bb smith machine press as the main shoulder press exercise.
4) Lack of isolated calve work? Lack of any rear delt work?
5) Would this routine be good for bulk season in gaining strength and mass?(Hypertrophy).
6) How do you really gauge the progress of your workouts? Strength increase? Post-workout soreness? I generally like focus on getting a pump and then mainly working them out until I completely tire the muscle out or get a nice burning sensation. I use the following days' soreness to sorta gauge the success of the workout.
What would be the best way to alter this routine for my own personal goals. Focusing on gaining strength and size in my arms/chest/legs/back/shoulders, in that order.