The Westside Method isn't so much a training template like you'd see with 5/3/1 as much as it's a set of rules to apply to your training. Technically it isn't even the invention of Louie Simmons, much of it is from the former Soviet Union, Bulgaria etc.
I skimmed over what Wendler wrote and it appears to be a pretty good writeup.
-Dynamic Bench / speed bench / bench by percents / explosive training
-Maximum Effort Squat/Deadlift/Goodmorning
-Maximum Effort Bench
If you read through all of the Westside Articles and Louie's book, you'll see that the dynamic percentages have changed over the years. He talks about waving the percentages each week...I'm a little skeptical of whether this is worthwhile or not and for a beginner I wouldn't even bother. Furthermore I wouldn't worry so much about the percentages as much as the bar speed and keeping form.
If you've never done dynamic training before, there's a good chance that you're not very explosive, so if they are calling for 60% of your max and your bar speed is slow, you need to lower the weight. In my bastardized version of this methodology, I simply look at bar speed as an indicator. If the bar is moving too slow, weight needs to come off, if it's moving pretty fast, let's put some weight on.
SUPPOSEDLY if you're doing a triple for the bench or a double for the squat, the length of time to complete those reps should EQUAL the amount of time it takes you to do a full 100% squat or bench. My recommendation, watch some videos of some real dynamic work being done and get an idea of how fast the bar should be moving.
Maximum Effort Work
I was talking to Mike Ruggiera several years back on a pretty frequent basis and he had said that most everyone at Westside was switching their maximum effort exercises WEEKLY. We both agreed that this could be confusing to a beginner and figured sticking with a ME exercise for 2-3 weeks is good for a first-timer. Why? The THEORY of the ME work is that these special exercises carryover to a conventional lift.
So, instead of doing a flat bench press, you're doing a floor press. If your floor press increases, your flat bench increases (note: this is assuming that the floor press is a special exercise that you would benefit from).
For quite a few people, some of these special exercises are NEW TERRITORY. You're not going to have a MAX and to complicate things, no offense to anyone but there's alot of guys that don't know what 90%-100%+ intensity really is.
So in Week 1 you do a floor press (for example). You're probably not going to be super coordinated with this exercise, you might not even hit a true 100% max with this exercise but you give it your best. Week 2 you try to beat it and you can either move onto a new exercise in Week 3 or stick with floor presses for 1 more week.
I think that this approach really helps a beginner to start filling up their logbooks with maxes for the special exercises and it gives them a chance to wrap their head around how this training is supposed to work.
Furthermore, you need to begin to identify your weaknesses and find out what ME special exercises work for you. If you're switching every week, how are you going to know whether floor presses or 2 board presses helped you more? (just as an example).
The rest of the system is pretty simple...SMASH FUCKING WEIGHTS and destroy the supporting muscle groups.
If it's a bench day you're going to want to hit your delts, triceps and lats...you can throw in some biceps if you want. If it's a squat day you want to hit your posterior chain.
I hope this helps you. I know first-hand how convoluted some of these "templates" can be. I started reading Louie's articles back in the mid-90's and I had a guy who was good friends with Angelo Berardenelli who frequented Westside helping me along the way.
I chatted with Louie on the phone a few times and made the trip to Westside to gain better insight into things...and honestly, I believe it to be one of the best systems available to gain strength, the BIGGEST PROBLEMS with this approach is knowing where you need to improve and knowing your indicator exercises...which, if you're not around people who know this shit, you could have a tough time figuring out on your own.