Let me first say that I only tried power versions of OL lifts and I’m completely self-taught. And, not very strong to be honest. But, based on stuff I’ve read, rather than my own expirience, doing OL on a WSB template would be rather pointless.
The two most important points seem to be:
(1) O-lifts are very technical
(2) O-lifts are inherently explosive
(1) means it is practically impossible to establish a connection between, say, max box squat and max clean. In other words, you simply can’t rotate through different ME lifts - and then try a max clean on competition platform.
(2) means that having DE work is unneccessary, as every rep of O-lift, even at 90-100%, targets RFD.
Both basic and advanced templates for OL that I have seen usually include frequent perfomance of the main lifts, possibly some variants of them. There’s usually squatting involved each session. And with lack of eccentric work and also lack of grinding reps (which are much more common in PL), it makes sense that OLers can recover faster and thus, train same lifts more often.
As for the Louie’s article, it is rather old. I have seen two or three detailed criticisms of it on other forums, and I can probably find them again and repost here, it someone’s interested.
As far as I remebmer, the main issue was that many of Louie’s assertions are actually false. For instance, some OL coaches claimed that US lifters were actually as strong or even stronger in assistance lifts then their counterparts, but couldn’t do as well on the platform. Another issue was relatively small talent pool for OL in US.
Just my opinion.[/quote]
I agree almost completely with this.