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Old 03-22-2013, 11:13 AM   #168
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Originally Posted by drummerguydw View Post
Hey, I just watched your video on trap training, I am curious as to the carryover from starting heavy trap training in regards to deadlift strength? I know its a full body movement but will bringing up traps help in any significant way in regards to performance?

Also, I watched one of your earlier videos on maxing out every week, and you were very against it. What type of suggestions would you have for someone using the conjugate method and working up to a 1 RM on a variation of a main lift every week with the westside barbell style of training? Working up to 3 RM? Or some other advice? I prefer this style of training and I am making amazing progress on it, so I'm not too hot on the idea of changing what routine I'm doing.
Hi Drummer,

Exercises like heavy power shrugs and the rack pull/power shrug combo will definitely help to bolster the deadlift over time. I consider them deadlift variations. They overload the traps and other muscles of the upper body, and that is definitely a good thing.

My training philosophy is more about strength accumulation. Get everything as strong as possible.

Regarding the conjugate/Westside system, that is an advanced type of programming and I do not recommend it for beginners to intermediate lifters. These lifters need rep work to build form and muscle.

I see too many guys with bad form and very little muscle testing maxes every week. This is a very misguided approach.

I personally do not believe true one rep max training is needed by most lifters. It is not an efficient way of building muscle, and the risks are great. Save true max attempts for the platform or mock meets.

At the end of the day most of my advice is for beginning to intermediate lifters. While I do encourage heavy singles, doubles and triples for intermediates who are strength-focused, they are never dangerous maxes. I do not believe in performing reps when form has gone to heck.

I hope some of this makes sense.
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