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However, at the very least, they'll open your mind to different, unconventional methods that may also have some application to bodybuilding as opposed to just powerlifting.
If you were to ask me what advancement has made the greatest impact on our training at Westside Barbell in the past five years, I'd have to say accommodating resistance.
Louie bought a bag full of bands and we were on our way.
While driving back to the gym I asked him what he was planning to do with them.
I told him I thought it was a waste of time but went along any way, you know, so he wouldn't kick my ass.
The key has always been matching up the right movements with the individual sticking points.
When I came to Westside there were only three 800-pound squatters.
He's a powerlifter and a specialist in developing maximal strength.
(Despite this powerlifting emphasis, the average guy under his tutelage puts on 30 to 40 pounds in the first year.) In Dave's last article he taught you the art of box squatting.
This time he'll introduce you to another Westside favorite, the use of bands and chains while benching and squatting. This is an extremely advanced method of training and should only be used by those who are familiar with Westside methodology.