This is a topic that’s been playing on my mind alot recently. Everyone knows that Westside has created some of the worlds strongest powerlifters, but alot of these have gone to Westside with a good basic strength level having followed a more tradtional Western periodization approach (eg both Louie and Dave Tate used western periodization for 15+ years). Conjugated Periodization seems to have been the plateu buster they needed.
Now EVERYONE is interested in obtaining similar results for themselves. But alot of these people seem to struggle to even bench 80-100kg/200-225lbs. If this is the case then they would be doing speed work with ~50-60kg?? Is it really neccessary to worry about speed when you’re just plain weak??
I know the simple solution would be to sub in a more RE style day for DE, but on an even simpler level would it not make more sense to just get plain strong in the first place??
I guess what I’m saying is, would it be better for the average person to stick with a more western approach until they get strong enough to see the benefits of conjugated periodization?
(having typed all of this out I just realized I described something very close to WS4SB, but goddamn it’s typed now and I’d still ike to hear opinions)
And yes… I am taking only the bench press an example becase people are alot more familiar with it.