Louie's Plan

Tom Barry
Thu Mar 31, 2022
132 Comments

Louie's Plan

I'm not here to write a remembrance piece or publicly post an emotional tribute. Louie would kick my ass if I even considered it. 

He hated such things, and those who know him know this. I would rather swap and share stories with people in person, and I welcome all who would like to do so.

Before I continue, please understand the following;

Louie Simmons is one of a kind, and no one can fill that void. No One. 

Therefore the duty of the team that Louie & Doris assembled at Westside Barbell is to keep the legacy going, to keep the club's history alive and accurate, while keeping Louie’s teachings and methods moving forward into the future. 

The purpose of this post is to lay out Louie's plan for the future of Westside Barbell to our community.

For ease of delivery, I will split the plan into three sections;

  1. Westside Barbell: Gym
  2. Westside Barbell: Education
  3. Westside Barbell: Business

Westside Barbell: Gym

The Crews

Louie's wish was that every current member have a place to train in the event of his physical absence. No phones, no videos, no photos. Members come in with 100% focus on training for the result. 

The hopes are that each member can leave when ready and establish themselves as the athletes Louie believed they could be. 

Past or present members who had the honor of putting their names on the most famous chalkboard in strength training will now be placed in Westside Barbell history, as no new chalk will be put on the board. The board will remain in the gym for all to visit and see. 

The Future

Ever since I arrived at Westside, education development has been of the utmost importance to Louie. 

For years, we have planned on utilizing the gym more as an educational base for teaching the Conjugate Method. 

Louie wanted to make sure coaches never lost sight of the fact that they need to gain as much knowledge with the weights in the gym as they do with the books in the library. Teaching them the correct ratio was vital.

He knew coaches reach the most athletes and make one of the most significant impacts on their lives. Therefore, it is paramount to provide them with a basic tool kit that includes the skills required to train any athlete optimally and how to navigate personal education.

Louie Simmons Special Strengths Scholarship

Over the coming months, we will be opening up the Louie Simmons Special Strengths Scholarship. We will have many positions open to those who want to learn the foundation of our system, both practically and theoretically.

We will elaborate on what this scholarship entails in the upcoming months. For now, we can share these three details:

  • There is no cost.
  • There is no educational barrier to entry. 
  • If you are willing to learn, we are eager to teach.

Visitors

It was always an honor to Louie when people would visit to see and train at the gym. Westside will always have a no-charge, open-door policy for scheduled visitors, and that will not change.

Westside Barbell: Education

Books

Louie has written two unreleased training manuals and one historical tribute book. Namely:

  • The Conjugate Method: Enhanced Through the Research of Westside Barbell
  • A Guide to Special Strengths
  • The Greatest Of Their Time

We will be releasing these titles digitally and in paperback.

The Podcast

Our goal is to keep analyzing and educating. We will add in some diverse content from founding members and athletes so they can share their stories and knowledge learned from Louie.

Blog & Video

Louie wrote many articles over the last few years that have not yet been released. Our goal is to publish these monthly via our website. 

We also will continue producing articles from experts and established Westside authors who have written extensively for the blog and are Louie-approved.

In addition, we plan to release numerous never-before-seen video archive content through our media outlets.

Westside Barbell: Business

The cornerstone behind everything we do is our business hub where all educational and brand distribution takes place. 

Louie's wish is for this to continue to grow and supply those with his books, teachings, Louieisms, and for his beloved dog Nitro to visit and work out in as many different gyms worldwide. 

One of the proudest business days Louie had was signing our equipment deal with long-time friends Rogue Fitness. Our goal is to continue and execute the vision set forth by Louie of the Westside and Rogue partnership.

Louie Simmon’s teachings and stories live on through us and our actions, so I intend to ensure the dynasty of Westside Barbell and the legend of Louie Simmons lives on.


- Tom Barry

132 Comments

Howard Menkes
Howard Menkes

April 14, 2022

How much time did Louie spend speaking with me over the years? It was an honor and pleasure to put him in touch with the Soviet coaches here in Queens.

Garry Benford
Garry Benford

April 04, 2022

I was stunned and reeling after hearing the news of Louie’s passing. I am 67 now and began training in Louie’s garage way back in 1979…43 years ago. All we had was a power rack, a flat bench to put inside the rack to bench with, a couple bars and plates. Single ply suits had just come out. No bench shirts, Monolifts or 24 hour weigh ins. Doesn’t sound like much…except that we had Louie…and that was everything. It was common that all 10 of us would box squat in that rack every Friday at 4. Bench on Sundays at 10, Deadlift Mondays at 4, and do assistance training each Wednesday. There was no heat and no AC. Soooo many great memories of training there for a decade until he opened his first gym of 4 locations. A big part of all of it was the friendships I made with everyone, many of which we stay in contact today. Louie imparted in me the constant motivation, training techniques and unparralled atmosphere to attain my Elite status in 1990, at which time he presented me in front of all the club members, the famous Silver Sword. It remains my most prized powerlifting possession. Jut think of all the things that he created training wise. Box squats, board pressed, bands, chains, the reverse hyper machine and belt squat machine to name a few. He made a profound positive difference in my life both athletically and professionally. And i know he did as well to thousands of others. He always took time and instilled his one of a kind energy into those who wanted to get better. I miss my mentor and my friend. RIP Louie.

Eddie Hernandez
Eddie Hernandez

April 03, 2022

Louie I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the times you took out of your busy day to answer questions I had for you pertaining to training, recovery, and sport specificity training. You didn’t have to do this but it was truly always in your heart to want to help anyone that was interested in learning. There will never be anyone else like you and you will truly be missed by everyone in the strength field. You were and always will be The Godfather of Strength. Rest In Peace Louie 🙏🏾🙏🏾

Benjamin Ruffert
Benjamin Ruffert

April 03, 2022

Louie was a great inspiration for me. I have learned al lot from his podcasts/Videos an books.
He has given me the mental strength, to never give up my sport.
Now i have to go my path alone without my mentor.
See us in Valhalla Louie.

Sean McKenzie
Sean McKenzie

April 03, 2022

About 10 years ago I worked out with a sheriff named Frank in Tucson who once powerlifted in Louie’s circle. Back then Frank injured his shoulder, called Louie, and Frank said Louie spent a lot of time helping him; like he was one of the most inportant people in the world. How many people do that? Not many anymore.

Sean McKenzie
Sean McKenzie

April 03, 2022

About 10 years ago I worked out with a sheriff named Frank in Tucson who once powerlifted in Louie’s circle. Back then Frank injured his shoulder, called Louie, and Frank said Louie spent a lot of time helping him; like he was one of the most inportant people in the world. How many people do that? Not many anymore.

Jerrold Hyman
Jerrold Hyman

April 02, 2022

Tom-
God knows, Louie will be missed . I’m sure Louie rests peacefully knowing you and your crew will he carrying on his legacy. There is no better man equipped to do so. You are a class act. Thanks for all you do!
Jerry

Henrik Harding
Henrik Harding

April 01, 2022

I came across Louies teachings and Westside methods in the 90’s. I learned a lot and liked the stories about lifters and meets. Then I came to visit Eskil, Louie and Westside in the early 2000’s. I stayed a week and also looked at the WPO finals. Louie asked all questions and let me train with both crews.

Louie will be missed in the powerlifting world.

karen beam
karen beam

April 01, 2022

Louie was a true gift to us all! Through his books, podcasts and articles I have gained so much as a powerlifter :) My Husband owns a “Louie based” gym and coaches everyone in the conjugate fashion-proper! Every reverse hyper, box squat he will be thought of.

Dennis George
Dennis George

March 31, 2022

I have followed Louie and WSBB for many years. I have been lifting over 50 years and I tell people at each Powerlifting meet I’m in that’s a new PR because I’ve never been this old before.Iron is either in your blood or not but if it truly is then it’s for your lifetime. Rest In Peace and thanks for being part of my life even though we never met.

Gilbert
Gilbert

March 31, 2022

Will Rouge Fitness continue to carry the westside reverse Scout Hyper?

Jim Sluis
Jim Sluis

March 31, 2022

I’m 53 years old. I came across Louie Simmons 3 years ago and was fascinated by the conjugate system and started applying it after being in the gym for 30 years with no plan. I started lifting more weight than I ever thought imaginable. I’m grateful for the knowledge I learned and also Louie’s infamous quotes that not only have i applied to my hobby of lifting but also my professional life. Thank you Louie for " Once you learn to spell your name you can only spell it wrong" and “Normal people get normal results” I also am grateful for the reverse hyperextension. My back has never been stronger! I hope Westside Barbell keeps sharing knowledge and keeps up the virtual store and website!

Paul williams
Paul williams

March 31, 2022

Louie passing has touched us all, and there will never be another like him. I know he once mentioned when he’s gone WestSide will be gone.
I’m glad that has changed and his Legacy will carry on,and future generations will be able to learn the teachings of Louie.

J Sachs
J Sachs

March 31, 2022

You are a legend. You put Columbus on the world map. I am a west side girl through & through. Thanks for taking care of us here. God bless & RIP.💪🏼❤️

Coleman Caston
Coleman Caston

March 31, 2022

Wish I could thank Louie personally for all the knowledge he gave us. No one I can think of has done more for strength and conditioning. His methods have helped more people than you can count. I’m proud to be a WSBB certified coach and I fully support Tom as he carries Westside Barbell forward for years to come.

Robert Martin
Robert Martin

March 31, 2022

I’ve been following west side barbell and Louie Simmons for 4 years now via podcast,YouTube and the west side barbell web site , Louie Simmons and west side barbell is the reason I’ve been working out steady for close to 4 years now rip Louie

Desmond Pryce
Desmond Pryce

March 31, 2022

I never met Louie in person, but spoke to him a few times and emailed him a few times. He was so kind and forthcoming with information. Always had time and was always encouraging. My best to WSB and the entire family. I will also do my part to carry on Louie’s legacy.

Thomas Guiney
Thomas Guiney

March 31, 2022

I never met Louie I just bought Westside book of methods, a set of bands ,and 2 shirts.I will say this because of Louie I don’t have back problems thanks to the Reverse Hyper machine. He will be greatly missed.

Paul Stephens
Paul Stephens

March 31, 2022

I never met Louie in person but Louie would always respond quickly to my emails to talk training. We were welcome to visit Westside but unfortunately I was never able to make the trip. His methods changed my life and I realized that for the past 30 years I was training all wrong. I made my biggest gains in strength after the age of 45 and even now at 60 I still follow his methods. Since hearing the sad news I began reading his book of methods again and look forward to continue training in the coming years until age or health make me stop. RIP Louie but thank you for leading me down a path of success in my personal drive for strength.

John Currier
John Currier

March 31, 2022

Sorry I never met Louie. Did meet Tom Barry and Dave Tate. Tom let me tour Westside and Dave’s friends let me see Elite FTS compound.
God bless you all and Doris Simmons. I will stay on your website for my training.

Stay Strong
John Currier
Oakwood,Il

Daniel Credeur
Daniel Credeur

March 31, 2022

A very wholesome tribute to the greatest stregnth coach of all time! We look forward to seeing what the future holds for Westside Barbell. As a professor and powerlifting coach, I teach my students a variety theories and techniques, but base all strength discussions heavily on the conjugate system and other teachings from Louie and the gang. My students, as well as myself, would appreciate an opportunity to visit the gym, and will most certainly apply for the new scholarship program at Westside. Thank you all for the update, and Rest In Power coach!

DIRTY WHITE BOY
DIRTY WHITE BOY

March 31, 2022

In March of 94, I just had inginual hernia repair. Being a dumb 19 year old I thought “my lifting career “ was over, due to my doctors advice. I had already ordered the original three WESTSIDE SECRETS vcr tapes. After watching them while recovering, I called Louie for his opinion. I left a message on the voicemail. He actually called me back, spoke with me, and told me don’t listen to the doctors, you will be fine. Then he called me again to find out how I was making out !!!!
That alone speaks VOLUMES about the MAN.
I was a 19 year old kid, he didn’t even know, and far from a world record holder. LOUIE was a REAL MOTHER FUCKER !!!
WESTSIDE RULES 4-EVA
RIP MR SIMMONS !!!

Marcus Meige
Marcus Meige

March 31, 2022

Never met the man but feel like I know him.
His methods and members of his gym saved my life. I am definitely going to take his courses and pass along his knowledge. I owe him that.
Westside conjugate will never die…

ron raines
ron raines

March 31, 2022

I followed Louie in the 90’s when he wrote in Powerlifting USA Mag . I remember Jump Stretch ( now Westside Bands ) and all of the methods he wrote about at the time , long before everyone else . I tried , but could never come close to being a powerlifter . What I did learn from Louie is the reason I played flag football until 43 yrs old and Train in Jujitsu today at 57 years old . R.I.P. the G O A T …. 47 4 Ever
Dave
Dave

March 31, 2022

RIP Louie. You will be missed.



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