I can’t wait for this article Chris!
The mind/muscle link is exactly what I aim for when I do my bodybuilding specific work…i.e. focus on using the isolated strength of the target muscle to move the weight (my definition of course).
OP, you got it right on (in my opinion). There is a specific load that is perfect for mind/muscle link training…too light and you don’t really feel the muscle working that well…too heavy and you lose that feeling altogether as other muscles/structure come into play. But just right…and you will feel that burn in the target muscle. Rep range really isn’t a good indicator of whether one hits the right load or not. Some days low reps with a load is perfect to get that feel; other days higher reps with the right load is the ticket. It’s a never ending search for the new “sweet spot” which is really what makes training so interesting to me to this day.
Totally different than power or strength focused training.
That being said, I think a successful training program for hypertrophy requires BOTH (hypertrophy specific and strength specific) styles of training in order to compound the muscle building and strength building effects. One without the other is not optimal; one exclusive to the other is also not optimal.
I’ve arrived at this style of training long ago after years of experimenting and focusing on what really works for me. I’m so happy there will be some articles on this!