2008 Articles

Oct 18

BENCH LOCKOUT

Posted by Doris Simmons on

Have you been to a bench meet lately? There are a lot more misses than benches made. How can this be when all they do is bench? In my own gym at the last two meets the statistics are as follows.   At the first only 1 of their 12 attempts was good. A week later four were good out of 22 attempts. How can someone who only benches be so inconsistent? I watch all workouts at Westside. I see what works and what does not. One group of bench-only lifters will use bench shirts every Sunday or max effort day. They work their way...

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Oct 18

THE FORGOTTEN WEAPON

Posted by Doris Simmons on

No, I am not talking about flying stars or throwing knifes. I am referring to the deadlift. Westside has 15 men who deadlift over 800 pounds. One man weighs 256 and is a mere 20 years old. Plus we have five women who have deadlifted 500 pounds or more. What type of training does it take to do this? Two types: hard and smart. We first analyze the lifter’s body structure. What exercises worked best for our former lifters with the same body proportions? Which muscle groups play a large role in deadlifting?   Let’s start with some of our workouts. These are done on...

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Oct 18

QUEEN OF THE IRON GAME

Posted by Doris Simmons on

When you think of great women powerlifters a few names pop up. Olesia Lafina of Russia was the first to total ten times her bodyweight.  Margaret Kirkland of Florida made ten times her bodyweight in two weight classes which were 105 and 114. Next up is Amy Weisberger of Westside Barbell. She total ten times bodyweight in the 132 and she holds the world record 1440 in the 148 class. Next women is Becca Swanson of Big Iron of Nebaska with Rick Hussey at the helm. She made lifts no one thought was possible for a women to make and even the men have a tough...

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Oct 18

SPECIAL STRENGTH

Posted by Doris Simmons on

Do you know the importance of special strength development? What are the velocities of explosive strength and isometric strength? The answer is high velocity and zero velocity. But what does this have to do with you? Will one help develop mostly speed and the other strength?   Isometric work will increase strength where speed is less important. Explosive strength is essential when high velocity is required against small loads. Remember, the amount of speed obtained is a direct reflection of external resistance. Let’s look at how to build special strengths and to understand how important a role they play in...

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Oct 18

TEEN LIFTING

Posted by Doris Simmons on

There has been much said about lifting and age. Everyone has their viewpoint. The United States, for the most part, will start young, 8-10 years old, in a particular sport such as football, baseball, basketball, boxing, and wrestling. It’s almost always sports specific. That is, they participate in the sport with no prior general physical preparedness (GPP).   In the old Soviet countries, there were sport institutes that prepared the youth age 12 and above for sports but not by playing a certain sport, but by a well-prepared process of GPP. This is general mobility, flexibility, dexterity, endurance, hand/eye coordination,...

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Oct 18

ASSISTED ECCENTRICS

Posted by Doris Simmons on

Have you ever thought that ideas should be reversed? What if we were born with the wisdom and the reasoning of a 65-year-old? We would make more right decisions and possibly stay out of trouble and make the most of our time while weíre young. Then as we get older, we could start thrill-chasing and taking chances that instinctively we would never consider. This of course would lead us to live by the code of the poet Dylan Thomas, ì Do not go gentle into that good night, old age should burn and rage at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the lightî (1940). I...

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