Why I Don't Like WESTSIDE
Let me start off this post by saying that results speak for themselves. Currently, I think Westside has more lifters in the top 10 positions of the major weight classes in overall, squat, and deadlift than any other "club" in the U.S. They obviously know what they're doing.WHAT I LIKE ABOUT WESTSIDE
There are many things I like about Westside's approach. First, the method seeks to address weaknesses within the major lifts as opposed to just the lifts themselves. Many of my fellow powerlifters never really get into the nitty gritty mechanics of each lift. Second, the approach addresses bar speed, which I think many beginning and intermediate powerlifters overlook. Explosion / power / speed are very important to moving big weights. But bar speed isn't something most guys work on or think about specifically. And bar speed doesn't just happen. You need to train it. Third, Westside gives the trainer a lot of variety and change. You're probably not going to get bored.WHAT I DISLIKE ABOUT WESTSIDE
Nevertheless, I'm not a big fan of Westside for most people. I think 4 workouts a week are too much, unless you are taking drugs. I've known many guys who have tried Westside and overtrained very quickly. I also don't think it's productive to work the chest / shoulders / triceps complex 2 times in one week. Even if the dynamic day is light, it still taxes your recovery abilities and delicate shoulder joints. Another thing I don't like is changing exercises so frequently, every 3 weeks. In my experience, I don't think most guys' CNS adapts after only 3 weeks. Finally, once something as relatively simple as weight training becomes so complicated, and I find Westside very
complicated, I immediately become skeptical. Most successful powerlifters and strongmen I have known employ relatively straightforward training methods.
I'm sure my point of view will be controversial, and you can't argue with Westside's impressive results, but could something else explain the club's success? I don't pretend to have any potential answers to this question. I'm just asking it.