The most important thing in the beginning is developing good technique. Trying to hit PRs in an ugly power snatch won't last long.
If that person can squat 800 pounds, but doesn't know how to snatch, they are still a newbie in weightlifting. A very strong newbie. Need to take some initial time to develop skill.
But my question was geared towards "strength development" more than weights lifted. A person who is capable of snatching 200 pounds but can only do 140 pounds due to weak technique is a "weak weightlifter." If he works on his technique and his snatch goes from 140 to 170, he did not get stronger or faster. He merely improved his technique.
I have always said, for all lifters- "Strike while the iron is hot." I am not a fan of planning every detail of a weightlifter's training, at all. I believe it is pure arrogance on the part of the coach to think they can do so, especially to hold a lifter back in the present because they think it will help later.
If my recall of my log is correct, I made PR's a little quicker using a maxout approach, even if it was for any rep max up to 12 reps. This was with very similar volume (+/- 10% or so).
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