I’ve had a similar thread a couple weeks ago. However, I’ve been doing a LOT of reading and it seems like there are so many misinterpretations of the westside system.
Dave Tate’s T-Nation article, “The periodization Bible - Pt. 2” ( https://www.t-nation.com/training/the-periodization-bible-part-2 ) says to pick a max effort exercise, Workup to a 1RM and change the exercise every 1-3 depending on lifting ability. After 1RM for your chosen lift, begin repetition work.
Jim Wendler’s short book (99 pages), The Max Effort Method - I read the entire thing last night - says the same thing…pick max effort lifts to rotate between and rotate between 1-3 weeks. After which you begin repetition work.
However, there are articles and sources that say to chose a 1RM lift and work up to it. After which you choose a “Heavy Compound Movement” as “accessory work” and hit it heavy for 3-5x5…and then proceed to repetition work.
I’m inclined to follow Dave Tate and Jim Wendler’s guidance, but where are all of these other interpretations coming from? I know it’s a “system” capable of creative implementation based on the athlete, but these articles, including the response to my last thread inquiring on the subject just seem to contradict the westside alumni…Really trying to progress and learn. Help? Thanks!