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    Just ordered Westside Book Of Methods

    I have been lifting for a while now but I still call myself a beginner because I don't know very much. I've been looking through this forum for a while and I see all the super strong guys using the west side method and training with Louie Simmons.

    Recently I have hit a plateau hard. My workouts are:

    Monday-Chest/Triceps
    Bench

    220x8
    260x5
    275x3
    315x1
    315x1
    315x1-I have been failing on this set the last couple weeks.
    255x5

    Dumbell Fly's


    90x10
    90x10
    90x10

    Overhead Triceps

    85x15
    85x15
    85x15

    Skullcrushers

    110x10
    110x10
    110x10

    Tuesday-Shoulders/Traps

    Front Military

    175x8
    175x8
    180x8
    180x6
    180x6

    Upright Rows

    115x10
    115x10
    115x10
    115x10
    115x10

    Shrugs

    315x10
    315x10
    315x10
    315x10
    315x10

    Lateral Raises

    25x10
    25x10
    25x10

    Upside Down Pushups
    1 set of 15 or 20

    Wednesday-Back/Biceps

    Deadlift

    225x8
    280x5
    320x3
    365x1
    365x1
    365x1
    280x5

    Bent Over Rows

    165x10
    170x10
    170x10

    Curls

    105x10
    105x10
    105x10
    105x10
    105x10

    Concentration Curls

    30x10
    30x10
    30x10

    Reverse Rows
    1 set of 30

    Thursday-Chest/Triceps Light

    On this day I just do a few light sets of bench usually something like this

    220x8
    255x5
    265x3
    280x1

    Friday - Day Off

    Saturday - Legs Day

    Squat
    A few warm up sets. Then
    320x4

    Once I get 5 reps with a weight I go up ten pounds the next week till I get 5 reps.

    Sunday - Day Off

    The last few weeks I haven't been able to increase very much anywhere except on my deadlift day. I figured I am making a lot of mistakes in my workout regimen so I ordered the book of methods and I'm hoping it will show me better workouts so I can get over my plateau and keep getting stronger.

    Feel free to give me criticism, comments, whatever.
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    The workout you have posted is more of a bodybuilding workout. While Westside: Book of Methods does not lay out routines (it gives you sample routines and templates-which is what the Westside method is, really), your workouts will look much different than how they are currently constituted if you choose to go with something from the book. I am not going to suggest anything with regards to your routine, mainly because I'm not smart enough, haha! Find (or devise) a plan, and stick with it long enough to see if it works.


    By the way, the book is great. I can't recommend it enough. There is a lot of information in the book that helped me break through some plateaus.

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    A must read and reread if your trying to up your strength. I personally use a 5 day cycle also, implementing an upper body ME and DE day,lower body ME and DE days, then I add a shoulder day in there too. I've always liked to train shoulders separate and hard.
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    That's very different from a "Westside template". The book is definitely worth it. I went to the seminar Louie had at Super Training, and now I'm reading the book. Before that, I'd read all of his articles 2-3 times. Some of the concepts I was applying correctly, and some I was applying wrong.
    Last edited by MarcusWild; 03-02-2009 at 12:34 PM.

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    Read the book. It is a great book! You will then be able to revise your training template for the better.


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    great book. use it as a guide and find what works for you.
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    Awesome book and definetly reread some parts. The stories are interesting but kind of get off topic and confuse you in some areas.
    Last edited by slashkills; 03-02-2009 at 06:13 PM.

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    It came in yesterday. I started paging through it right away. It's kind of confusing because they use ways of training that I have never seen before. I'll probably be coming on this forum with a lot of questions lol.
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    The link is my journal. I am a 21 year old bodybuilder. Currently dieting down for my first show.

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