I've been back into westside conjugate training for 2 months now, after 4 months of progressive training. What I miss about progressive is the mental aspect of knowing what weight I had to hit on the exact same movement I did a couple of days before. I could zone in for days, each plate I shoveled away, each hard pull at the water bottle, each extra hour of sleep I could get was there to add 5 pounds to my next 3-5RM.
2 months into conjugate, I finding myself missing ME lifts almost every session, and the toll on my nervous system is getting bad. Last night I woke up every 30 minutes all night, after missing two attempts on raw max effort squats against chains earlier in the day, and I'm pretty much in a daze today. I set a decent PR on the prior set that I made before the miss, but still, I failed on an extra 10 pounds. A week prior, I missed a max squat triple.
How the hell am I supposed to keep track of what weight I can expect to be hitting, when I literally haven't done the movement in months? Sometimes its in gear, sometimes it's raw. Total motor pattern confusion.
Westside is not the end all be all... Try other things, braindan Lilly used it for years and not does not why? Cuz of the same thing that happening to you. You need to modify it to suit your needs. On paper all the heavy heavy looks good but there comes a point where it just doin what your told dont work... WS training is a tinplate not the rule.
iv used Chinese for my shoulders and liked what I was seeing/getting from it. With that method you are workin to today's potential not what the math says you should...