2005 Articles

Oct 18

ACCOMMODATION

Posted by Doris Simmons on

Everyone should know what accommodation is. Accommodation causes your performance to stagnate or decrease. Zatsiorsky stated that the response of a biological object to a given constant stimulus decreases over time. For example, a football team will practice for hours and hours, but when game time arrives, there are off-sides, holding, missed tackles, and fumbles. Why? Could it be they practice the game too much and not the parts of the game that cause the difficulties on game day? How can a high school basketball player like Labron James be the number 1 pick in the NBA? Is it because...

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Oct 18

THEN AND NOW

Posted by Doris Simmons on

My powerlifting memories start in 1966, just one month before my induction into the Army. I feel like Captain Ahab with his obsession with Moby Dick. I am strapped to powerlifting, and I know I will be pulled to my chalky death by it eventually, but I can’t stop. All my memories and my friends are involved in powerlifting, so I am drawn to it even more today than ever. So this is my story as I remember it. My first exposure to powerlifting was a power meet in Dayton, Ohio, late in 1966.1 had Olympic lifted since I was...

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Oct 18

PART TWO OF MY JOURNEY

Posted by Doris Simmons on

Larry’s string of Worlds stops at 9 after jumping 2 1/5 k’s on his second attempt, negating a third. Dan Wohleber pulls the first 900 pound deadlift. Dave Waddington squats the first 1000 pound squat. Mike McDonald does 512 pound bench press at 181 bwt. Remember no Shirts! While I am recovering from my back injuries, I found every book on training methodologies from the old Eastern Bloc I could. I was determined to outlast my rivals. There were many bright stars but the brightest stars seem to burn out fast. I found my new methods were working well. I...

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Oct 18

PERIODIZATION: PENDULUM WAVE

Posted by Doris Simmons on

Periodization simply means organizing training plans of one year or more into shorter manageable plans, i.e., weekly or monthly. At Westside, a weekly plan is used on max effort day. Each week, the lifter switches a barbell exercise, always working up to a max single in a special squat or box, rack, or band deadlift. This is the maximal effort method. Only good mornings with an eccentric phase preceding a concentric phase are performed, for a 3-rep max. This is the method of heavy efforts. Westside has proven the max effort method is superior. Why? A new plateau is reached....

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Oct 18

REACTIVE METHOD

Posted by Doris Simmons on

In the late 1960s isometrics were used not only by the Soviets but also here in the United States by the York Barbell team. They were very effective but were overused, without mixing other types of resistance. Plyometrics are overused and misunderstood in most cases. They should be just a small part of training for explosive strength. Most kids jump rope, a simple form of plyos. Yes, it is very important to develop power quickly, but it is also important to maintain power for sports such as football, wrestling, and some running events. All ball players run fast and slow...

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Oct 18

DEADLIFTING TRAINING PART III

Posted by Doris Simmons on

The back has much potential, which is seldom reached. For such a simple lift, the deadlift can be complicated to train. If one only deadlifts, progress will stall or injuries are certain. No one is totally built to deadlift. The lower back can be overtrained if one bends over too much, or it can be undertrained if the legs are used too much. If sumo deadlifts are done constantly, the back will become weak while the hips will be overused. My friend Sakari, from Finland, has surveyed the top 15 deadlifters in Finland and discovered that more than 60% of...

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