February 2006

This was article was inspired from a conversation I had with Erik Ledin, CSCS, CISSN (Lean Bodies Consulting) a while back. A massive back is a beautiful thing. Like Michelangelo's statue of David, it is a work of art. Some of the greatest bodybuilders - Ronnie Coleman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dorian Yates - all possessed well developed backs. Their backs were both wide and thick, giving a depth to their physiques that many pros lack nowadays. A well developed back leaves a lasting impression. A lot of people look good from the front, but from the back can be a disaster: sunken shoulder...

The Methods The max effort methods have been discussed many times over the past 10 years. We have presented you with different weekly phases and training cycles as well as different loading patterns. Louie Simmons has also written numerous articles on how these methods have been used to create many of the strongest powerlifters in the world. Throughout many of Louie’s articles you have read about certain “max effort movements” that have made a big difference in the training at Westside Barbell. He then goes in to detail how the movement was performed. While it can be as simple as working up...