Westside Barbell- The Strongest Gym In The World


Posted on October 19 2016


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 Educational/Training Support 

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.

Since Westside Barbell's partnership with manufacturing giant, Dynamic Fitness and Strength, Tom acts as the liaison between both companies and works closely with all at Dynamic to ensure that no quality or information is lost from Louie's patented equipment and education. 

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

Office Manger and Customer Support

Elliot is our Office 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. 


Jason Gus

National Sales Manager and Equipment Support 

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.


  • Luke Labreche: November 30, 2016

    Hello ordered two e books on cyber Monday and was only able to download 1 the other (special strength training for sport) I have the receipt if you need to see it. I have already emailed a couple times. Thanks

  • Nate Drdul: November 24, 2016

    Hey guys, any chance we could get a video of the “Psoas Sit Up”?
    I see this in the fight crew workouts and know it was mentioned on the podcast but I can’t quite picture what this looks like.

  • Josh Wade: November 16, 2016

    Hey guys I was just interested to see if you are accepting any interns in the near future? I have heard Louie mention having interns on the podcast. I’m a young strength coach and have a couple years experience at LSU and in the private sector. Nothing I would love more than to have the opportunity to truly learn from the best. Thanks!

  • Craig Hillabush: November 08, 2016

    1. What system does westside use for keeping statistics? Spreadsheets, notebook, or databases?

    2. What fish scale would you recommend for measuring band tension?

    3. Would a belt squat belt attached to a loading pin be a good way to replicate the belt squat machine?

    4. Would you recommend using both glute ham raise along with leg curl on same workout to target all hamstring muscle fibers?

    5. I recently learned some history about the great power lifter named Paul Anderson. Would you recommend incorporating any methods or equipment that he used?

    Thank you,
    Craig Hillabush

  • Billy : October 30, 2016

    Hey guys, WORLD RECORD ALERT. I have a 17 year old that weighs 129 lbs and deadlifted 475 with no straps and no wraps. This was after a long, intense workout. Wouldn’t 500 plus lbs be a world record? We have video.

  • Westside Barbell: October 27, 2016

    Hi Chris,

    Firstly our opinions on injury prevention and rehab are based on first hand experience and are not based on any medical background.

    Right now we have had tremendous success with Stem Cell injections for bone on bone joints. Please call 614-272-5190 and ask for Tom and he wil put you in contact with Louie and pass on relevant information.

  • Chris Hart: October 24, 2016

    I am trying to get in contact with Tom. I have heard Louie talk many times on the podcast about his shoulder replacement surgery and his road to recovery. My trainer, who is 64, has been told that he is bone on bone and in need of the replacement for both shoulders. Without being too much bother, is there any info that you can help me give him about expectations, the non-conventional rehab methods Louie used, the use of plasma or stem cell injections in lieu of surgery, etc.?You guys are awesome. Thanks in advance.

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