I've always wondered why so many people say that you should only use the westside barbell template if you're an advanced trainee. It's just every time I've made a post mentioning I'm doing the westside template, at least one person in the thread says it's too advanced for me usually saying I won't be able to recover from it. Now I haven't been on it that long (5 training weeks, one deload), but I've noticed I actually recover faster from this than I did from Wendler's 5/3/1. I think 5/3/1 didn't work out great for me because I have poor recovery to high volume on compound lifts and joints suffer from high volume compound lifts too. Is the reason some say the westside template is for the advanced because maybe these people don't recover well from high intensity lifts? Were they unable to find out their weak points and thus be unable to train them? Did they bastardize the program? Or did these people not even try the Westside template? I'm certainly not just completely dismissing some people's claim because there have been some strong guys on the board that advised against westside for me, but on the other hand there have been strong guys that said go for it. I'm going to stick with it for at least through the summer and see how lifts have come along.
Cliffnotes: I’m asking why the westside template is or is not a good template for someone in the beginner/intermediate stage (1-4 years experience lifting).