I started a 'nuts and bolts' westside template and was wondering if I could get some suggestions.
I maxed out before I started it, and based the percentages on that. What I found is some seem too light and some too heavy (i know, adjust the load then, duh!).
For example, my max in the dead lift was 405. So for singles 90% and higher for ME is 365. When I 'work' up to a max though, it ended up being at 385, and I ended up with basically 2 sets >= 90%. Should I base the 90% figure on my 'work up to' max or my real one? I'm assuming my 'work up to' max.
For the 405 I wore a belt, and the 385 I didn't. I generally only wear a belt on max days, but I'm wondering now with the Westside style if on the ME days I should be wearing a belt? Or at least for the singles and doubles?
My DE bench day went well and I think I was too explosive, I'm planning on just increasing the load some with that, I'm thinking that is fine (was at 55% max).
Along with belt usage, I was wondering about some other equipment. Knee wraps, wrist wraps. I have some old knee wraps (didnt use them for my last max). Should these get used on ME days or just once in awhile? I don't have wrist wraps but think I might get some, at least for the heavier bench days.
I'm just trying to ease the wear and tear on the body.
Thanks for the help and if you have any other questions about me/my training let me know.