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It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    what is it and where can i find information on it

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    Thanks to Adam McKinnon for this article

    http://www.wannabebig.com/printarticle.php?articleid=46

    Powerlifting Westside Style
    Before I get started here is a little information about the Westside Barbell Club. In their 20' x 40' gym they have 53 Elite level lifters with 24 members squatting over 800 pounds, 40 members benching over 500 pounds and 6 members deadlifting over 800 pounds!

    Now to get started the Westside methods are unusual to most. They put Strength, Power, and Hypertrophy phases all together into one routine. The reason these phases are together is because to be strong you need to have power and strength at the same time. The old routines could not provide that because they split up the different phases for different time frames. When training with the different phases split up you would lose the qualities you had just gained from the training before.

    You might be thinking, "How do they put all those phases into one routine?” Well they do this by training for strength/speed on one day and power on a different day during the week. The hypertrophy is caused by the assistance exercises on each of the days.

    So what does a 1 week routine look like?

    Well, you train 4 times a week with 2 days being devoted to the bench press and 2 days devoted to the squat/deadlift. The reason the squat and deadlift are trained on the same day is because they are similar movements which use the same primary muscles.

    On one day you will do speed work and on the other day you will do what is known as a Max Effort movement.

    For the speed bench press day you will be using 60% of your one rep max for 8 sets of 3 reps. These reps are done as fast as possible while keeping your form perfect and using a close grip. Rest periods should be between 40-60 seconds.
    For the squat speed day you will be using 50% of your max squat for 10 sets of 2 reps. The week after that you increase your speed squats to 55% of your one rep max and on the third week you will use 60% of your one rep max. On week four you would go back to 50% of your 1-RM and continue to wave your weights like that. Rest periods should be between 40-60 seconds between each speed set. After your speed squats do deadlifts for 6 singles of 60% of your max deadlift with a 20 second rest period.

    For the speed bench and speed squat days after your 8 sets you will also do a single rep of about 75% of your max just to test your speed. All of the squats on speed day will be done off of boxes. I will explain this further in this article.

    On the ME or Max Effort days you will be doing a movement that works the muscles in either your squat, deadlift, or bench to the max. An example of this would be doing front squats on your ME squat day or close grip incline press on your ME bench day. Almost all of your ME bench exercises should be done with a close grip.

    On your squat/deadlift days you will always work your abs, obliques, an exercise for your weak point and reverse hypers. On your bench press days you will do a pressing movement followed by an extension and heavy lat work and some light shoulder work.

    An example one week routine would be:

    Sunday - ME squat/deadlift

    ME exercise - Close stance bent over good morning - work up to a single or triple
    Assistance - Glute - Ham raise - 5 sets of 8-10 reps
    Abs - Standing abs - 4 sets of 8-12
    Obliques - Dumbbell side bends - 3 sets of 4-8 reps
    Reverse hypers - 3 sets of 8-12 reps

    Tuesday - Speed bench

    Speed Bench - 8 sets of 3 reps at 60% of your one rep max
    Pressing movement - Closegrip 3 board press - 3 sets of 5
    Extension - Elbows out extensions - 3 sets of 6-10 reps
    Lat work - T-bar rows - 4 sets of 5-8 reps
    Shoulder work - A few light sets of side laterals and front raises

    Thursday - Speed squat

    Speed squat - 10 sets of 2 reps at 50% of your one rep max
    Speed deadlift - 6 singles of 60% of one rep max
    Assistance - Zercher squats - 5 sets of 6-8 reps
    Abs - Decline sit-ups with 5 second pause at bottom - 4 sets of 8-12 reps
    Obliques - Dumbbell side bends - 3 sets of 4-8 reps
    Reverse hypers - 3 sets of 6-8 reps

    Friday - ME bench

    ME exercise - Closegrip Incline press - work up to max single
    Pressing movement - floor press - 3 sets of 5
    Extension - Skull crushers - 3 sets of 6-10
    Lat work - T-bar rows - 4 sets of 5-8
    Light shoulder work


    How can you get away with all the volume?

    The main reason you can do this much is because none of the assistance exercises are to failure. The only exercise that is done until failure is your ME movement. When you first start training with this program you might want to drop a few sets on the assistance exercises. You can gradually add them as you get used to the volume.

    What is the proper form for bench pressing?

    Benching is actually a very technical lift. To start off you need to pull your shoulder blades together to put most of the pressure on your trap area. Now plant your feet firmly to the ground and push a bit. By this point your body should be very tight and stable. Now unrack the weight and position the bar above your sternum area with your arms still fully extended. You will want to lower the bar straight down and up to create the smallest ROM as possible. During the press keep your elbows near your sides and hold your shoulder blades together. The bar should end up staying over your sternum for the whole rep. Do NOT breath out during the rep, hold your breath from the beginning of the rep to the end.

    What is the proper form for squatting without a box?

    First position yourself under the bar and put the weight on your rear delts. Take a wide grip and then take in a large breath while pushing your abs out and arch your back to take the weight off of the pins. Now you should be standing with your back arched and abs pushed out. Now take a wide stance with your toes pointed straight forward. Take one last breath while pushing your abs out and descend back into the squat while pushing your feet out sideways. To descend into the squat first stick your ass back and lean forward keeping the bar over your feet for the whole rep, this will keep the bar in the center of gravity. Your shins should stay perpendicular to the floor for the rep and the bar should stay above the middle of your feet.

    What is the proper form for box squatting?

    Box squats are very similar to squats except at the bottom of the squat you sit back onto the box and release your hip flexors. You MUST keep the rest of your body tight. To release the hip flexors just stop pushing your feet out sideways. You only release them for a split second then explode back to the top of the squat.

    DO NOT BOUNCE OFF THE BOX.

    Some notes about the system

    On ME day you are training with the conjugated method. With this method you must rotate the ME exercise at most every 3rd week. The reason for this is because you will not get stronger after 3 weeks at or above 90% of your max, you will suffer either mental or physical burnout after about 3 weeks and your strength will actually go down.

    On ME day for squat/deadlift 60% of the ME exercises should be different kinds of good mornings, 25% squatting movements and 15% deadlifts. The reason being for all of the good mornings is because they build up the posterior chain (calves, hamstrings, glutes, lower back, upper back, abs, obliques) like no other exercise.
    On speed day the reason you are using between 50% and 60% of you max is because that is how you can generate the most force. Think of it this way, can you generate more force throwing a ping pong ball/baseball/or a 90pound weight? Well, the ping pong ball is too light to get much force while the 90 pound weight is to heavy but the baseball is able to be thrown fast and it has more weight then the ping pong ball. Use the equation F=M x A to figure that out. The reason short rest periods are used on speed day are: A) You can hit fast twitch fibers hard B) Short rest periods release more growth hormone C) You get better on your first rep D) You get into good shape for a competition

    The Most Important Muscles of Each lift:

    For Bench pressing the very most important muscle are the triceps. That is why all the triceps work is done. The next most important muscle would be the lats and shoulders.
    For squatting and deadlifting the most important muscle are the hamstrings followed by the lower and upper back, the glutes, the abdominals and obliques and the hips.


    Here are some exercises you can use to add variety to your workouts:

    Squat and deadlift assistance: Dimel deadlifts, glute-ham raise, pull-thru’s, stiff legged deadlifts, zercher squats, seated good mornings, bent over good mornings, arch back good mornings, front squats, high bar squats, rack pulls, pulls off a block, sumo deadlift, conventional deadlift, one handed deadlifts, safety bar squats, suspended good mornings, hyperextensions, kneeling squats.

    Pressing movements: closegrip bench, 2 board press, 3 board press, 4 board press, 5 board press, presses off pins, floor press, half benches, JM press, Paul dicks press, dumbbell press, reverse grip bench, cambered bar press, extra wide grip bench, incline press, decline press, military press.

    Extensions: skull crushers, elbows out incline extensions, pushdowns.

    Lat work: T-bar rows, barbell rows, dumbbell rows, chins, pulldowns, cable rows, supported chest rows.

    Ab exercises: Decline sit-ups, standing abs, leg raises, Russian twists, spread eagle sit-ups.
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    Read EVERYTHING at www.elitefts.com

    Pay particular attention to 'The Periodization Bible, Part 2' listed under the T-mag section of articles.
    Squats work better than supplements.
    "You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
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    great post

    p.s. Paul is your avatar the cover of Dream theater's "Train of Thought"?

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    Yessir, it is.

    Fantastic album.
    Squats work better than supplements.
    "You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
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    agreed ^

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    Great Post!!!

    Please excuse the ignorance but what are good mornings?

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    Facebook - BW166 SQ585 BP405 DL660 CL310

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    that looks dangerous

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    Bench...- 303..........................Bench....- 300....Paused in meet - 281
    Deadlift.- 503.....Unofficial 513...Deadlift..- 490
    Total....- 1,203...IPF Class II......All done raw, Touch'n go bench

    "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly" Robert F. Kennedy

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    Powerlifting Westside Style

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    GM's can be. They arent for everyone. But then again doesnt pole vaulting 20 feet up look dangerous? It's all relative to the max paradigm of what you train for.

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    is westside good for natural lifters? would any modifications to it be necessary, recovery wise.
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    It is good for natural lifters. I use it, I'm drug free, and I haven't really made any modifications to the volume.

    Just listen to your body - if you feel beat down, back off a little.
    Squats work better than supplements.
    "You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
    "You're wrong, and I have a completely irrelevant pubmed abstract that may or may not say so." - Belial
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    can't argue with that, cheers
    Never violate a woman, nor harm a child. Do not lie, cheat or steal.These things are for lesser men.Protect the weak against the evil strong.And never allow thoughts of gain to lead you into the pursuit of evil."

    live by the code

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    Do what ever feels right, You dont have to follow it to a t

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