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Louie Simmons is a world-renowned Strength/Special Strengths coach and the founder of Westside Barbell. He is in the gym every day watching and analyzing all athletic training from all his powerlifters to track and field. Westside Barbell is a living laboratory for Louie where he can undergo constant athletic experiments to push the boundaries of what is possible.
He also has 24 athletes who deadlift over 800 pounds and three who deadlift over 900lbs. Fifteen members who have a total lifting record over 2500 pounds and seven over 2600 pound total. Westside Barbell is the only gym in the world to have two over 2700 pound totals, plus five over 2800 pounds and one who has the biggest total of all time with 3005lbs.
He has also had an athlete produce a box jump of 63.5 inches which is still the current Westside Barbell gym record. All of these athletes train within Westside Barbell.
Louie has published over 300 training articles, authored eight books, and produced ten highly respected training videos. Louie Simmons is also the inventor of the Reverse Hyper® machine, Inverse Curl machine, Hip/Quad machine, Static/Dynamic developer and the Virtual Force Swing.
He has been a strength consultant for the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and numerous college football teams. Louie has worked closely with Kent Johnson, Johnny Parker, and Buddy Morris and a host of other professional and top-level strength coaches. Additionally, he has trained 2 Olympic gold medal sprinters, Butch Reynolds and Moe Robinson, both 400-meter sprinters.
Tom Barry was born and bred in Kilkenny, Ireland, where he obtained his degree in Exercise and Health Studies from Waterford Institute of Technology. Over eight years ago, Tom had the opportunity to study under Louie.
A two-month internship turned into a full-time position at Westside Barbell HQ, where he has now acquired the esteemed position of General Manager for Louie's business.
Tom is still heavily immersed in his mentorship under Louie Simmons. He takes an active role in coaching athletes that train at Westside Barbell in addition to aiding Louie with his athletes and their training.
In addition to his position and work within Westside, Tom is a highly successful consultant for various businesses, professional athletes, and coaches.
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