January 23, 2005

4 responses to How to use the Westside Powerlifting Method for Bodybuilding

  1. Scott Says:

    Very interesting. I’ve been thinking about the same pairing (Westside and bodybuilding) quite a lot recently, as my flatmate seems to have goals that encompass both powerlifting and bodybuilding.

    It also seems appropriate - as you have done - to include a bodybuilding mentality for some bodyparts that occasionally lag behind the rest. So far though I’ve seen varied opinions on the effectiveness of incorporating both high and low rep sets in the one workout - so it looks like a bit of a trial is in order.

  2. Kris Says:

    Basically, Westside accessory work is bodybuilding to begin with in terms of volume and rep range although the exercises tend to be done a lot more snappier than a builder would do them (forget about constant tension…). Louie has made it clear that the back etc. are trained for size (which I guess explains the relatively low weights often seen on pulldowns and such). What kind of routine is your flatmate currently doing?

  3. Scott Says:

    He’s currently doing a pure Westside 4 day routine. I won’t start making modifications until he’s been doing that for a few months, and has a solid strength base.

  4. Alberto Caraballo Says:

    I use the strength gained on a Westside strength phase and convert it to a 6-7 week development phase where I’m using more reps (6-8)and many different exercises. The strength built up allows me to overload the muscles more and it gives me a firmer base for my other work. And since I’m still using heavy weights, I don’t lose much for absolute strength.

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