Anyone read Power to the People?
Does the bear routine have any merit? What kind of gains did you get off it?
The routine is basicly this:
Deadlifts and Benches. 5-20 sets per exercise 4-6 reps per exercise, 3x per week.
Deadlift is supposed to hit your back and legs and arms pretty well and Bench hit your upperbody.
The little problem that I see is lack of leg stimulation, because deads do not hit quads in the full ROM.
On the other hand, the sheer weight and volume and frequency makes up for that.
Also full ROM might not be nessesary for growth.
Example: If you do only heavy deads with no straps on, will your forearms grow? they sure will! And they were isometricly contracted! They did not even make your wrist move an inch!!
What about traps? Will heavy deads make them grow? Yes. And traps are contracted isometricly!!
Deadlifts are also the best for lower back mass. And your lower back does not go through full ROM either, it is almost an isometric contraction if not completely isometric.