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Old 03-28-2013, 01:34 PM   #20
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Regarding his point, I tend to agree. Westside works. With that said, I don't know many pure raw lifters personally who have mastered Westside and reached near-elite levels.

It's a chicken and egg thing for me. Do raw lifters tend to avoid Westside because it appears more gear-centric, or is Westside simply not the most efficient method for raw lifters?

I tend to think that successful raw lifters could use just about any "method" and be successful. I am fairly confident I could thrive on Westside. I think we tend to forget that templates are merely starting points. We look at Westside as a template and destination rather than a starting point. Louie, or any other trainer worth their salt, knows that the real work starts after a person is given a template, and not from the template itself. Results are created from needs-based modifications.

Having trained heavy with frequency for quite a while, in some ways I don't see Westside as being that dramatically different from what I did...sans speed work. I learned the art of training heavy each week - and it is truly an art.

I think it takes time to learn, whether you are geared or raw, or squatting heavy once or 6x a week.
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