Westside Barbell- The Strongest Gym In The World

2011 Articles

  • General Physical Preparedness

    Posted on October 13 2016

    I am often asked, how do we recover from two max effort workouts a week on top of two high-volume speed days? The two max effort workouts are done at...

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  • TOP FIVE SQUATS: PART I

    Posted on October 13 2016

    We have 17 men who squat over 1000 pounds. The top five average 1143 pounds. Our top five totals equal 2690 pounds. How can one gym develop such a strong...

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  • TOP FIVE: PART II. THE BENCH

    Posted on October 13 2016

    I wrote an article in 1993 entitled “Three of a Kind”. Westside was the only gym to have three 600-pound benchers: Kenny Patterson, George Halbert, and Jerry Obradovich. Things have...

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  • TOP FIVE: PART III. THE DEADLIFT

    Posted on October 13 2016

    Before bench shirts, there was a saying, “the meet does not start until the bar touches the floor”. At Westside, we have always had very good deadlifters: 18 at 800...

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  • STRONG LEGS

    Posted on October 13 2016

    Westside lifters started doing belt squats in 1975. I personally realized in the early 1970s that my quads were somewhat smaller than before I started doing box squats. Of course...

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  • WAVE PERIODIZATION

    Posted on October 13 2016

    You must have a plan to succeed” In Powerlifting USA, there was a discussion of what is the best training system. Everyone had an opinion, and of course so do...

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  • What Your Gym Really Needs

    Posted on October 13 2016

    How do you build a Westside gym? First, you need special bars. The theory of the conjugate system is to rotate exercises in some way to avoid accommodation. If your...

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  • BENCH PRESS

    Posted on October 13 2016

    Westside has a method to its madness, and Travis Bell utilizes this perfectly. His raw bench has gone from 365 to 565, and his shirt bench has gone from 405...

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