Originally Posted by rocket
I don't lift for size as much as I do for strength.
I used to do more of a "bodybuilding" routine that centered around size rather than strength. These days though, I'm 110% behind you with you on your "train for strength" mantra.
I have cut out almost all islolation excercises (I like to call them "beauty movements") but for a very few (I still do calf raises for instance, but I no longer train biceps or triceps on their own). I concentrate on short workouts, i.e. 45 to 50 minutes, revolving around compound movements that cause you to fire multiple large muscle groups at the same time.
My favorite lift right now is the deadlift. It is a great way to build core strength (or what I'll call "functional strength" for guys like Niner and I, police officers). I also do dumbell lunges, bench press, military press with barbell, stiff legged deads, wide grip chins, dips, and hang cleans.
In terms of muscular size, I'm actually smaller now (I'm currently about 212 pounds) than I was just a few years ago (230 lbs), but I'm more fit overall due to adding cardio to the mix . . . and there is no doubt I'm stronger in dumping the beauty movements in favor of the above described compound excercise regime.
The only thing a guy has to be careful of is getting into poor technique. Keep it strict and you minimize the risk of injury.