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Louie Simmons

Founder and Owner of Westside Barbell™

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 under go constant athletic experiments in order to push the boundaries of what is possible.  

He also has 24 athletes who deadlift over 800 pounds and 3 who deadlift over 900lbs. 15 members who have a total lifting record over 2500 pounds and 7 over 2600 pound total. Westside Barbell is the only gym in the world to have 2 over 2700 pound totals, plus 5 over 2800 pounds and 1 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 3 books and produced 10 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

General Manager and Louie's right hand man.

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 6 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 special strength mentorship under Louie Simmons and takes an active role in coaching all combat sports athletes that train at Westside Barbell in addition to aiding Louie with his athletes and their training. 


Elliot Baum

Operations Manager 

Elliot is our Operations Manager and hails all the way from Oregon. Elliot has been a huge asset to our team and makes sure that our business is running optimally and that our customers needs are adhered to. 

In addition to working at Westside HQ Elliot is a member of the renowned "Westside Barbell Evening Crew" and is an active powerlifting athlete for Westside with a speciality in bench pressing. 

Aj Dobson

Customer Care and Online Sales Support 

Aj has been training at Westside for the last 4 years and started working for the team in January of 2017 . He is a professional MMA fighter and has very bright and big future in the sport.

 Meet The Westside Sales Team

Jason Gus

National Sales Manager 

Jason attended one of Louie's seminars back when it was held inside the gym at Westside Barbell, the attendance of this course also marked the beginning of the end for him, as he pretty much hasn't left Westside and now works here full time.
After serving just over 5 years in the US Marine Corps Jason came home and opened a small affiliate gym in Northern Indiana while working with the local Sheriff's Department. Once he began his pursuit of knowledge in the Westside Methodology the nature of the gym changed, and he now runs one of the very few Westside Barbell Certified Gyms in the world (Applied Strength & Conditioning)
With nearly a decade in the training world in various capacities ranging from helping younger Marines perform more pull ups in a PFT, to owning a gym, and training athletes Jason has proven to be an integral part of the continuing evolution of Westside Barbell, and brings a very unique a thorough approach to teaching our customers and coaches on proper equipment use.

Peter Montpelier

Regional Sales Manager and Equipment Support 

Peter Montpelier "Coach Pete" has been in the Strength and Conditioning field since June of 1992. He is certified as a Westside Barbell Special Strengths Coach and United States Weightlifting USAW Sports Performance Coach.

Coach Pete serves as the strength and conditioning coach for Mount Vernon Boys basketball, a NY State perennial power, as well as Stepinac High School basketball and Fordham Prep track and field & football teams.

He is the original founder of Destination: College, a 501 C3 not for profit organization whose mission is to take the drive, dedication and ambitions exhibited by high school athletes and channel these into building a strong academic base. He is married to Joanna Nicole Montpelier and has three children. 

Rob Golabek

Regional Sales Manager and Special Strengths Training Support 

Rob joins the Westside Barbell team after an impressive career as a Track & Field athlete.  While attending the University at Buffalo, Rob was a four time Division One All American and a 2012 Olympic Trials Finalist in Shot Put.  After graduating college Rob moved to Columbus to work under Louie and earn his spot training with the “Morning Crew”.  During Rob’s time at Westside he earned his Personal Training / Coaching Certification, along with the prestigious Westside Special Strength Certification. 
Rob is currently a Division One Track and Field Coach and a physical preparation consultant for several NFL athletes.  Using the Westside principles, Rob has trained and developed numerous athletes who have had tremendous success in every level of athletics, ranging from youth sports to international competitions.  Rob routinely visits Westside to continue his own education and training. 

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