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The Best Westside Approach?


#1

So Joel's article couldn't have come at a better time, I think .. I am just getting back to a Westside based program and was planning on use WSFSB again as it has worked for me in the past.

My question is, which would be most beneficial in adding size: a DE day as standard Westside protocol dictates (and Joel mentioned in his article) to help work on speed development which ultimately leads to greater power, or a repitition day as prescribed by DeFranco to work for general hypertrophy?

Like most I am lifting just to generally get bigger and stronger, no specific goals in BBing or PLing. I have been lifting for quite a while so I think my CNS is developed enough to benefit from DE days, but at the same time I do not have any bands or chains to aid me.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.


#2

Don't think too much, brother. Try both and see which one works better for you and your goals.

What I would recommend is that you train using a typical Westside DE day for 3 weeks, take a rest week, then train for 3 weeks using a repetition day, take a rest week, repeat.

You'll find out real quick which one works better for you, and you may just get the best of both worlds.


#3

Thanks for the reply. I think I'll do just that. I've used the repition day in the past and had good results. I guess I'll give DE days a go for a month and see what happens. I guess it just takes a fresh perspective to realize how simple the situation can be.