lol, are you really trying to pick a fight with a guy who's trying to help a kid out?
I usually compete in the 198 or 220 class, like I said bench was a weakness until recently and honestly I didn't care about anything but my squat. What's yours?
Westside is based around a bench shirt, the guys who actually train Westside are the guys at westside, end of story, and all of those guys train to get their competition bench up. Anyone else who claims to train westside is just being silly, it's better to say they use the max effort method and dynamic method.
Now does it make sense to use a training template that doesn't even focus on what you want to do? ie, the raw bench? does it make sense for this kid to rotate his ME movements weekly and bench against bands? No, it's not optimal, he's training by himself in a commercial gym and still needs to learn how to bench. Does it make sense to follow a template that's made for a raw lifter? Forget what the russians can do, it's a raw bench program, and it's excellent. I'd say that makes sense.
Is the conjugate system extremely good at producing strength gains? absolutely, no doubt about it. But are these strength gains specific? I feel that westside lacks one extremely important factor : SKILL. It takes something like a million reps to become an expert, how often does westside perform the competition lifts? Almost never, is that really a good way for a kid to get better at benching?I've been raw squatting for 14 years, with the last 7 being more serious, and the last 5 being extremely seriously and I learn something every time. Now when I competed in multi ply, my first time wearing a double ply suit, I had a single ply best of 600, and I squatted 617.
3 weeks later I competed and squatted 700. Before I squatted 800 I didn't even put a suit or briefs on... I just raw squatted, shoulder width and below parallel. There's a reason this worked, and it's the same reason you can teach someone to box squat in 5 mminutes, but a full range squat can take a couple weeks... It's because, besides the weight a wide squat is easy.
The bench shirt is a diff sotry, and now those guy are in them every 3-4 weeks, and it would be more often if they could handle the stress I bet.
My last point, a good friend trained at westside for 6 months and came back weaker... He's squatted 1000 now... so it's not for everyone.