I was reading the intro to the workouts routines from "New Rules" and finally saw the suggestions for different types of lifters. Funny, but it seems that I'm actually following one of the guidelines for the lifter with some experience who wants to gain strength, then lose his enormous gut. Lou and AC suggest moving between the break-in routine, then strength I, then fat burn 2 (I guess fat burn I is too easy for intermediates).
This means once I finish my first 4 weeks of Afterburn, I might go back and do Strength II. I'm still watching you for your experience on phase II.
By the way, Strength I was very effective for me. Moved my squat up considerably, and got my deadlift back to 265 after hurting my back.