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Old 05-06-2012, 12:15 PM   #2
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Good thoughts Jeremy.

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1. Box squats do not work for me-I find that my form is completely different on a box than free squats. Usually causing me some lower back pain too.
Box squats mess up my free squat form as well. Perhaps I have some flaw that creates this issue, but when I run them as my only heavy work my form changes. I've tried then wide stance squats and they seem a much better fit. Form feels the same.

Only way I use them lately is with speed work, but I am finding I prefer ATG to jump squats. Not that I do these much anymore, but on the rare occasion I do I like the jump squat from an ATG position.

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2. Westside is tough for a raw lifter who lifts alone. Westside is probably the best method ever for a geared lifter but looking back at my own training and other great lifters it seems there are better methods.
I say take from it what works for you and go your own path. I don't like speed bench work, and high rep deadlifts and sumo deadlifts always seemed to do more for me than speed deadlifts. Not that speed deads and bench can't work, but my point is that you have to use the tools that seem to work best for you.

Also, I simply don't like putzing around with too many different lift variations. Some variation is good, but in the time I spent working with things like zerchers and dimels and every other variation I could think of, the payoff was less than what I'm doing right now. Some variations of the main lifts are good, but I prefer to keep my programming tighter. Mileage may vary.

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3. Time to get back to basics-no need for all this specialty stuff, just need heavy hard work and consistency.
I think ground with the basics is a good thing. I would like to see you build from this and try/add things that work for you.

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4. I like hitting rep PRs
Nothing wrong with that. I try to hit a PR every day.

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Basically he has you work up to a heavy single a
That's not too far off from what I do. My only advice is to maybe consider keeping it more instinctual each day. Base it on feel rather than programming. Work up to a single based on how you feel, and maybe try for a backoff rep PR based on how you feel. This could be 85% of max or 65% of max. Who knows.
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