If you compete single ply or raw, or just want raw strength, you’re going to need to make A LOT of modifications to the template to get it to work for you. Not minor stuff either. Box squats, DE Bench Press, all the triceps and PC work, focus on decreased ROM benching exercises, super wide squatting stance, etc. are all likely to be of little use to you. Face it, this kind of training is not the answer for most people.
My coach called Louie a couple years ago, b/c he wanted some advice to get from a 550 raw bench to over 600. Louie told him nobody in his gym pressed that much raw or trained for that kind of goal.
Further, nobody I know of who’s successful in the USAPL/IPF uses that approach.
I love how everybody talks about Louie’s application of the sciencey language from Supertraining like it’s gospel, but they fail to realize that none of the Russians (where the ‘conjugate system’ originated) ever trained anything like what Louie does. Dynamo club did rotate a lot of assistance exercises, but it wasn’t what you’d call the olympic version of the westside template by any stretch. For powerlifting, the Russians have always stayed with programming that focused on high frequency with the competition lifts. And they have completely dominated the IPF for years.
I really don’t see the value of a lot of the ‘westside’ fixtures for anybody who’s not a multi-ply powerlifter. Go ahead and crucify me now.
Wow, you spoke my mind better than I could.[/quote]
I do agree, but I think westside can be workable for raw and single ply lifters too. I’ve recently jumped on the bandwagon and my raw strength is up, that said, the real acid test will be at my next comp in July (single ply, walked out squat!) Also, I have modified it HEAVILY. Instead of all the PC work I’ve focused more on squats or squat variations as assitance exercises. And I’m using sets of 5x5 on the flat bench after DE benching at the mo.
It seems to be going well, but after only 4 weeks it’s too soon to tell.