Also as I allowed myself to fall into the trap of the whole “eat big to get big” dogma, whilst doing a pathetically low volume of lifting such as that found in 3×5 programs, I do feel that others (especially very young guys who don’t know any lifters IRL) will continue to get suckered into GOMAD whilst doing routines that last no longer than 20-25 minutes and just make them hate what they see in the mirror. I know I did. I was fat, injured, still had skinny arms and didn’t lift again for years until more recent times. That was once the last of my tendonosis had cleared up, haha.
Peer partnerships may be best-suited for some goals, and the article makes an effective case for that. But the title is unfortunate. It’s not an either/or thing. Mentoring can have a decisive influence for women especially. In her new book on gender equality in the workplace, Iris Bohnet cites research finding that men tend to be paired with influential mentors who actively advocate for them, while women tend to be paired with less senior mentors who merely advise and coach. (See Iris Bohnet, “What Works: Gender Equality By Design”)