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Roy1787 01-12-2012 09:45 AM

Westiside barbell training and RE?
Don't know much about strength training but I have a question about Westside. I was reading an article and Louis Simmons mentioned the use of RE training but I didn't see it in the Westside template. When do they use it?

LtL 01-12-2012 10:05 AM

Instead of max effort days.


Off Road 01-12-2012 10:16 AM

Is that repetition work?

BendtheBar 01-12-2012 10:52 AM


Originally Posted by Off Road (Post 206851)
Is that repetition work?


I was never sure how often they used it either.

LtL 01-12-2012 10:56 AM

It is used when they are injured or if they have a bodypart which they feel could benefit from size or post meet to help recover before attacking max effort again. Normally sets of 5-6 and all barbell moves still. Can also be used for max effort lower day when they are in a circa max phase and going stupid heavy on dynamic day.


BendtheBar 01-12-2012 11:34 AM

Al knows all. Simple as that.

Off Road 01-12-2012 02:21 PM

Great information.
I've seen the Westside guys go really high on RE work when rehabing, like sets of 20s and 30s to get the blood flow.

ehubbard 01-12-2012 04:10 PM

The other way to think about it is that Westside is about always working on bringing up your weaknesses. If you are not big enough, doing exercises in the muscle building or hybrid muscle-building/strength building rep ranges would satisfy this weakness. If you do not have a Top 100 total you probably need to think about focusing on putting on more muscle rather than on focusing on your selection of ME exercises. So in that vain you could make a case to do some 3x3, 4x4, 3x5, 5x5, 4x6, 3x8, 3x10, 5x10, 3x20 etc work with a compound lift as a way to bring up that weakness. Another take on what RE could mean in a westside template.

LtL 01-12-2012 04:31 PM

Great post EHubbs.


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