I have done a version of westside before. Worked very, very well for my squat. I think it didn't work well for my bench and deadlift because I didn't understand the principles and put them in to practice correctly. I also read all the information as if I was a geared lifter lol. I didn't even have a belt at the time. Figuring out your weakness' is the biggest part of the westside method though.
Yeah. I spent some time reading and trying to understand much of it. It wasn't 100% clear, but I was sort of able to cobble together a program out of it. I agree that weakness identification definitely seems to be the key. That's part of what I'm working to assess right now too. I like the theory behind it and it seems flexible enough.
What is the wives opinion on gear?
Honestly, not sure anymore. I would like to get her support behind it, but at the end of the day, she has her own bad health habits that I don't bother her about so she really can't yell at me for it being unhealthy, etc. The way I see is it should actually be more of a benefit for my health than anything as I plan to keep use moderate.