I’ve been lifting for a couple years now - my best lifts (all raw) are: squat - 395, bench - 265, and deadlift - 455. I’ve been using Jim’s 5/3/1 for at least a year and half and have been getting good results from my deadlift, but my bench/squat haven’t been as good as I’ve hoped (maxes have still gone up mind you - squat up 30 lbs, bench up 30 lbs, dead - up 115 lbs). Here’s my concerns about moving to the conjugate/west-side method (or if i even should):
There’s times I simply have to miss a workout (work stuff) and 5/3/1 is more forgiving to this, but it seems like the 4-day/wk westside template relies on those 4 days being exactly where they are - is this true?
as a raw lifter, I’m afraid that incorporating too many box squats is going to mess up my raw form…my raw squat isn’t as wide as my box squat and my knees go forward a bit (i lift in a heeled shoe)where as my box squat I try to have perpendicular shins. Is the change in form going to mess up my raw squat?
I’ve ordered a past issue of Power magazine that supposedly has a great article in it about raw lifters using westside, but I wanted to get my concerns out there and see what information you guys could toss my way.