Thanks for your reply, Phil.
I don’t know whether I need bands to be honest. I am completely new to the West side style so maybe not.
I had merely presumed that it was part and parcel of learning to develop the accelerative part of the lift and increase lockout power. Do you think I should continue on free weights for a while?
At this point you do not need bands to train with. They will help, of course, but really, at just over a 350 squat, there’s no point. I have used bands in the past, for short periods of time only, and I have stopped band use almost completely. I will probably not begin to use them again until I’m close to trying to hit a 3x bodyweight squat.
The 2 most important things with WSB style training are 1) understanding how to analyze your weak points and 2) understanding how to fix your weak points. The system is not about bands and chains at ALL. They use them, but only as a means to an end. You’re totally new to this style of training, so you should be focused on trial and error as far as how to accomplish goals 1 and 2. Milk the system for all it’s worth. A lot of the guys at Westside don’t even use the traditional template anymore. You’ll need to fix your technique first, your technique second, and your weak points 3rd. All the special exercises in the world won’t do any good if you got crap form.
Finally, I can say with almost 100% certainty that you are not weak at the lockout at this point. You are weak all over.