These routines are not to be viewed as better or best unless they are applied to a specific situation.
It all depends on where you are in your progression. If you are a beginner or intermediate level then the ideal should serve you well. If you are advanced "or" a person with poor recovery ability then the consolidation routines are more appropriate.
The bottom line os to let the results and progress dictate your choices. If you are progressing well with the ideal routine then stick with it. If the consolidation works for you then stick with it.
No matter what you choose you will eventually need to modify the routines to continue to progress.
NeuroMass believes that consolidation routines are for people with below average recovery. I am an example os someone who does not fit this belief. I have average recovery but reached a point with higher volume where I couldn′t progress anymore and need to adjust my routine downward.
If you are looking for a perfect routine it does not exist. Your workout card will reveal to you what works and what doesn′t.
If something is stuck then you need to evaluate why it is so. In August 2003 I was stuck on the pulldown at 162.5 lbs. I re-evaluated and was able to add 15 lbs in a short while. Continuing to constantly evaluate the situation has permitted me to progress to 245.
In the overhead press I was getting stuck at 92.5 and progressing slowly. Now I train with 180.
At that time I was doing about 8 exercises. An ideal type of routine would have moved me forward from that point. However now I am past the point where the ideal would allow me to progress at every workout.
You do not need to place yourself in a category of good, average, or poor recovery because it is irrelevant. You just need to determine if you are progressing.