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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 undergo 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 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.
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