In an article I recently read on EliteFTS (I just searched for it for about 15 mins and couldn't find it) some older programming that Louie prescribed at Westside in the 90's was outlined. The purpose of it in the article was as a ramp up for switching styles so one could maximize reps with good form. It prescribes a 5 week progression, starting at 15 singles @ 65% 1RM in week 1, to 6 singles @ 85% in week 5- It's all straight weight. The author recommended giving it a try for 5 weeks to refine sumo form and strengthen the muscles/CNS, then do a 1RM retest after the 5 weeks. I checked it against Prilepin's chart and the %/reps fall within the specs, so it can't be too bad, right? Barring any strong objections from the experts (and with a bit of weight from the answer to the question below), I'm going to give it a try.
I also found this article.
By their measurements, I have a long torso and long arms, which qualifies me for either style according to the chart. I currently have a conventional 1RM of 515#, and a sumo 1RM of only 405. I'm sure a lot of that is form and weakness from not using a wide stance often (both raw lifts, I just started in gear (single ply) and have a lot of work to do on my wide stance lifts). Is it worth it to bring my sumo up, or is trying to catch up 110# a battle that would be a harder fight than the returns are worth?
Thanks for the help.