Tom Seryak is an affiliate owner who used Westside methods for a period before he started CrossFit. He has done both separately but has now combined them for over a year. He offers strategies for trainers looking for ways to integrate the two programs.
For CrossFitters who are intrigued by the methods used at Westside Barbell, the pertinent question to ask is, “How do I incorporate them into my CrossFit training?”
No one solution will fit everyone’s needs, but I have been experimenting with incorporating Westside principles into my CrossFit training for the past 18 months or so, and after many trials and errors, I have settled in to a protocol that works very well for me. I’ll share several approaches I’ve tried, as well as the benefits and programming obstacles of each approach. Keep in mind that none of these approaches is attempting to duplicate what is being done at Westside. Instead, each incorporates the strength-training methods and “laws of training” that have influenced Louie Simmons’ system.
Incorporating Westside training methods and principles into CrossFit is feasible, but certain obstacles may arise. What follows are four generic templates (two that do not include Olympic lifting, two that do) for using Westside methods in the CrossFit program. It would be foolish of me to provide any more detailed programming because doing so would make it impossible to address the laws of specificity (your personal training objectives) and individualization (your strengths and weaknesses).