I think I will look further into Westside.
I saw some threads on it tho and people were saying how its hard to follow or easy to screw up because of the way it is written or something?
Any thoughts on this?
Is there one preferred template to use?
Not particularly easy to mess up, but it depends on how you read and think about it, as with everything. I would look at things Dave Tate has written in particular because as much as I love Louie Simmons, he can’t write very well–or clearly, rather. Dave has written and presented on the ideas behind Westside’s template and is a much better communicator, as well as being a kick ass coach. Louie is a better coach, but just can’t explain as clearly. Like the old example of the genius scientist who can’t step outside his lab working for the only moderately brilliant businessman who can understand and communicate ideas to everyone around the world.
Louie’s not that bad of course, but Dave’s just much clearer.
There are lots of different templates to use, but the best one to start into the program with is, in my humble opinion, the standard 4 day split (Max lower, Max upper, Dynamic Lower, Dynamic Upper, in that order). Read Dave Tate’s articles here (do an author search), and on elitefts.
Here is the exact template I used when I first began all those years ago. Written by Dave as an introduction:
I would highly suggest having that beginner template printed off and in hand to look at while you read his articles. You will begin to see how things match up if you do.
That being said, You do not have to do good mornings to a 1 rep max. Most including Dave have advocated a 3 rep max for GMs now. You don’t even have to board press for bench day, just follow the principles and look at how it is laid out and the reasons for that as you read Dave’s stuff. That will clear a lot of questions up.