Re: How to evaluate good programming?
Def a box to box case when programming is involved. I have seen more than enough over training, too much volume, and no specific rhyme or reason programming from affiliate sites I checkout. I have bookmarked about 15 affiliates I always look at that seem to follow some type of strength periodization and various mesocycles. IMO this is the way to go.
Katherine, Aaron and Eric all make very good points. Eric specifically hit the nail on the head for me from experience in coaching hundreds of people. a "program'" works for novices. Specific programming is what is needed for eliteness for any strength athlete.