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WEST SIDE ME Question


#1

Hey guys,

I've been reading some rumors that westside guys have been straying away from good mornings somewhat in their max effort squat training. Which exercises replace these then?

-poper


#2

They use them for supplemental lifts sometimes. Basically they recplaced them with more deadlifts in squats. A lot of the older guys have basically combined the de and me days into one and work up to a heavy single on box squats every week and do lighter accessory work in place of me. Check out some training logs online to get a better idea how they are using them.


#3

Thanks


#4

Actually what I hear is that they have gotten too strong at doing GM's, to the point that you can risk serious injury by doing GM's with 500 to 600 lbs.


#5

Also, most people's form goes to shit the closer the get to a 1RM. Why work up to 1RM GM when, once you get there, all you're doing is a 1/4 squat anyway? You'll get better benefit from the exercise if you stay in the 3-6 rep range and keep stricter form.


#6

In a Jim Wendler Article, he did mention members of Westside stopped using GM as ME exerciese. IMO however, this should not concern you as long as you're not lifting 400 lbs + in GM.


#7

Good point, westside is great


#8

I have read that the GM is more of a preparatory exercise, and the guys at westside have stopped doing them, as a ME exercise, because their training has evolved. Should everyone stop doing them? If you total 2500 I guess you can. I know I don't. So I'll keep them as a second exercise.
Will42