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Starting Conjugate: Building the Raw Bench Press

Starting Conjugate: Building the Raw Bench Press

A common misconception about Westside Barbell is that the training is 100% gear-focused. This is not true. When it came to geared lifters, Lou insisted that they train to become as strong as possible, raw and in gear. His mindset was that improving raw bench press strength and muscle mass would only help improve the shirted bench press. The success Lou had developing geared bench pressers proves that theory correct.

Wed Oct 04, 2023
Strength Training vs. Bodybuilding: A Comprehensive Guide

Strength Training vs. Bodybuilding: A Comprehensive Guide

While there are some similarities between strength training and bodybuilding, there are many differences regarding training goals and outcomes. Strength training focuses on enhancing an individual's strength and overall athletic performance, whereas bodybuilding training focuses on muscle mass and aesthetics. Strength-focused athletes want to get stronger and more explosive; bodybuilders wish to increase muscle mass and reduce body fat.

Fri Sep 29, 2023
Starting Conjugate: Lower Body Accessory Training

Starting Conjugate: Lower Body Accessory Training

During each lower body training day, we will perform accessory exercises immediately after the main lift(s). These exercises are intended to directly target the muscle groups of the lower body to improve strength, muscle mass, and work capacity. As an athlete, the end goal is to use these exercises to become stronger overall, resulting in increased strength in the squat, bench, and deadlift, along with improved athletic performance.

Sat Sep 23, 2023
The Anderson Squat

The Anderson Squat

The Anderson squat is a variation created by the late great Paul Anderson, a world-renowned Olympic weightlifter and strongman. Paul was an Olympic gold medal winner and is known as possibly the strongest man ever to walk the earth. The Anderson squat was one of his preferred ways to develop lower body strength. 

Sun Sep 17, 2023
Starting Conjugate: Training Advice III

Starting Conjugate: Training Advice III

Successful Conjugate-based training depends on the coach or athlete's understanding of strength training theory and the application of strength training methods. While those new to our methods may only notice the bands, chains, specialty bars, and exercise variations initially, they soon discover everything we do has a purpose. The end goal is consistently delivering the most optimal programming possible.

Tue Sep 12, 2023
Absolute Strength vs. Relative Strength

Absolute Strength vs. Relative Strength

When discussing absolute strength, we must also begin to consider the relative  strength of the athlete. Relative strength refers to the absolute strength of an individual compared to their total body weight. Opposed to absolute strength, which only considers the amount of force produced, relative strength compares the amount of force produced and compares that force to the athlete's body weight to determine pound-for-pound strength. 

Wed Sep 06, 2023
How to Fix Your Deadlift Weakness

How to Fix Your Deadlift Weakness

Improvement depends on your ability to be honest with yourself and acknowledge your weaknesses in the gym. Once this is done, a plan of attack can be formulated to address the identified weaknesses. This becomes a pattern, and after some time, fewer and fewer weaknesses exist while sports performance continues to improve. Be honest with yourself and your training - always seek to find and destroy weaknesses. 

Sat Sep 02, 2023
Starting Conjugate: Training Walkthrough

Starting Conjugate: Training Walkthrough

At Westside, we use the Conjugate Method to achieve a "stair-step" pattern of improvement. This means we simultaneously develop multiple strengths relevant to sports performance, leading to consistent overall improvement provided our intensity, volume, frequency, and recovery time are appropriately planned. 

Sun Aug 27, 2023
The Low Bar Squat

The Low Bar Squat

As the name suggests, the low bar squat is performed by carrying the bar lower on the back. This bar positioning allows the weight to sit lower on the torso, providing an athlete with improved balance in the squat due to the weight being carried closer to the trunk. Improved balance means increased levels of force production.

Sat Jul 15, 2023
The Barbell Bench Press

The Barbell Bench Press

Developing a strong upper torso is an essential aspect of strength training. No matter the sport, athletes will benefit significantly by improving the strength of their shoulders, upper back, pecs, triceps, biceps, and forearms. Not only will strength and athletic performance improve, but the upper body will also become more resistant to injury.

Wed Jun 21, 2023
Sled Workouts

Sled Workouts

The sled is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment an athlete or coach can have at their disposal. Sled training can be manipulated and implemented in different ways to deliver a multitude of training benefits. Depending on the exercise programming, the sled can be used to improve strength, explosive power, and conditioning. 

Thu May 25, 2023
Four Weeks to an Overhead Press PR: Week 2

Four Weeks to an Overhead Press PR: Week 2

It is now week two of the four-week plan. Last week, the strict press was the main exercise of the day, performed for a top set of five repetitions. While most max effort training is spent training between 1-3 repetitions, using top sets of five reps can be an excellent way to build absolute strength while challenging work capacity with barbell weights around 75-80%.

Sun May 21, 2023
The Good Morning Exercise

The Good Morning Exercise

The good morning is a tremendous benefit to any athlete needing posterior chain strength and trunk stability. Not only can this exercise help reduce back injuries, but good mornings can also help reduce the chance of knee injuries. This is all due to how the good morning exercise rapidly builds the trunk, back, hips, glutes, and hamstrings. 

Tue May 16, 2023
Four Weeks to an Overhead Press PR: Week 1

Four Weeks to an Overhead Press PR: Week 1

If you are a strongman competitor and are struggling to improve your abilities, consider the Conjugate Method. Our methods address all aspects of athletic ability and provide a strongman competitor with a training platform that can be customized to bring about a variety of training outcomes.

Tue May 09, 2023
Starting Conjugate: Standard Bench Variations

Starting Conjugate: Standard Bench Variations

When programming exercise variations, it is crucial to remember that you want to get the most gains out of the least amount of variation. This means sticking to the standard variations without adding further variation to the exercises as long as you continue to PR and make gains. As much as a new exercise variation can be entertaining, don’t trick yourself out of what is currently working just because you are bored or found a new exercise on social media. 

Wed Apr 05, 2023
Starting Conjugate: Deloading

Starting Conjugate: Deloading

One of the most important aspects of training is fatigue management. Truthfully, you could argue that fatigue management is the most critical aspect of any training program. How fatigue levels are managed will dictate the intensity and frequency an athlete can train, ultimately deciding the progress made each year. If the athlete has to regularly deload, this will lead to many less-than-optimal training days accumulated yearly.

Wed Mar 22, 2023
Starting Conjugate: How to Warm-Up

Starting Conjugate: How to Warm-Up

Social media has become a useful and powerful tool for strength coaches and educators to reach and teach the masses, and this is for sure. However, at times, certain aspects of the training process become overanalyzed or overemphasized for the sake of content. There is no doubt warm-ups fall into this category. 

Sun Mar 05, 2023
Basic Conjugate Training Advice II

Basic Conjugate Training Advice II

Instead of focusing on only one strength or athletic trait, we simultaneously focus on multiple strengths and athletic characteristics. By doing this, we avoid detraining and provide the athlete with gains in strength and ability that can be sustained and transferred to sport. We don't want athletes that are strong sometimes, fast other times, and injured most of the time. We want athletes that show up on gameday at their strongest, fastest, and fittest. 

Sun Feb 26, 2023
Starting Conjugate: Simplified Meet Peak Program

Starting Conjugate: Simplified Meet Peak Program

The simplified meet peak approach begins when an athlete is four weeks out from a powerlifting meet. This is when exercise selection, volume regulation, intensity regulation, and energy management become vital. If you can successfully account for each of these aspects of peaking for competition, you’re good. If not, you can expect to underperform on competition day.

Sun Feb 19, 2023
Conjugate Football: Off-Season Max Effort Lower

Conjugate Football: Off-Season Max Effort Lower

Training to improve absolute strength is essential for any athlete, no matter the sport. By improving absolute strength, you become capable of higher levels of force output, improve intramuscular coordination, and increase tissue and bone density. Improvements in absolute strength will make an athlete bigger, stronger, faster, and more resilient. However, these are not the only benefits gained by improving absolute strength.

Sun Feb 12, 2023