Are max effort exercises for developing strength, or are they for finding out weaknesses?
In the periodization bible part 2 Dave Tate says that max effort exerises are for developing strength, but some lifters tell me that MEs are really for finding one’s weaknesses instead of for developing strength.
If accessory and supplemental lifts are supposed to help bring up the max effort lifts, why are they trained using the repetition method?- which is for hypertrophy according to one of Dave Tate’s articles.
The article says one thing, but sometimes people say another thing, no wonder Westside is confusing to some of us.
Can someone help clarify things for me?
I am pretty sure the ME exercises are mostly for learning how to strain properly under heavy weights. The supplemental lifts are used to address weaknesses and maybe for pre or re-hab. One thought as to why those are not trained as true ME and are done using the RE method is to minimize CNS fatigue.
Just some thoughts.
P.S. In my opinion “westside” shouldn’t be confusing, it should be seen as an innovative and progressive system based on a simple template in order to achieve a desireable result. This is why I feel everyone from powerlifters to football players to track athletes benefit from “variations” of “westside”.