Some background on myself: I’ve been lifting for a little over a year. Did starting strength for the first ~8 months, and then switched to the texas method. Six weeks ago I started a westside type program, using the usual 2 ME days and 2 DE days. I stuck with the progam as outlined in Date Tate’s articles, figuring it would be best to get a feel for things before doing too much personalization.
Reading peoples logs, the most common change I see is to change the DE days to some sort of RE work, 5x5 or whatnot.
Personally I always come away from my ME days feeling like I didn’t do much of anything, and my DE days tend to be great workouts. My thought then is to change my ME days into RE (5x5), and keep the DE days the same. I almost always do a couple heavy singles (~90%) after my DE work anyway, so I dont’t know if I would miss the ME day that much.
FYI My only goal is increased strength, any size gain is an added bonus. My max lifts in the big three are 5-10% under the 500,400,300 level.