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Articles Tagged with Conjugate Method
Building Accessory Exercise Rotations

Building Accessory Exercise Rotations

The Conjugate Method is highly effective for a few reasons; an athlete can train multiple strengths simultaneously while also providing enough accessory exercise volume to increase overall fitness and muscle mass. This is what makes the Conjugate Method the most effective method in terms of efficiency and specificity; athletes can alter the main and accessory exercises to change the training effect to meet a specific sporting need.

Mon Apr 25, 2022
Louie's Plan

Louie's Plan

Before I continue, please understand the following; 

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

Our job is to keep his legacy going, to keep his club’s history alive and accurate while keeping Louie's teachings and methods moving forward. 

Therefore, I'm here to shed some light to our community on Louie's wishes for the future. For ease of delivery, I will split them into 3 Sections; 

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

Thu Mar 31, 2022
Max Effort: Proper Exercise Selection and Implementation

Max Effort: Proper Exercise Selection and Implementation

The law of accommodation dictates that an athlete must experience new training stimuli regularly or risk decreasing their rate of performance improvement. With this in mind, you begin to see the importance of exercise selection and organization. Failure to introduce a new stimulus or a disordered approach to exercise selection and scheduling will ultimately lead an athlete to failure.

Thu Mar 24, 2022
Developing the Hips

Developing the Hips

The hips may be the most overlooked muscle group for improving sports performance. At Westside, we say the key to strength and speed is from the top of the lifting belt down to the bottom of the shorts.

Fri Mar 18, 2022
WSBB Blog: Max Effort Management for Raw Powerlifters

WSBB Blog: Max Effort Management for Raw Powerlifters

The conventional belief amongst many powerlifters is that regular implementation of max-effort training days almost certainly will lead to injury. In reality, the exact opposite is true. Failure to regularly expose a lifter to proper training intensities will leave the lifter unprepared and weak, raising the risk of injury significantly.

Mon Mar 14, 2022
Box Squats for Raw Powerlifters - Execution and Programming

Box Squats for Raw Powerlifters - Execution and Programming

After implementing box squats into your training for a few months, you can expect to be stronger, faster, and more explosive. The box squat offers a safer way to squat heavy weights for max effort while also holding the lifter to competition standard depth. When used for dynamic effort workouts, lifters improve their rate of force development, resulting in improved bar speeds and sports performance.

Fri Mar 11, 2022
Hamstring Injury Prevention

Hamstring Injury Prevention

Conventional wisdom has been that the ratio between the hamstrings and the quads should be 60 percent quads and 40 percent hamstrings, but in reality, we have learned it should be a minimum of 60 percent hamstrings and 40 percent quads. Click here to read in full.

Wed Mar 09, 2022
Understanding The Importance of Proper Frequency, Intensity, and Volume Regulation

Understanding The Importance of Proper Frequency, Intensity, and Volume Regulation

Do you understand the role training frequency, intensity, and volume plays in the success of a strength training program? If not, this article will help guide you. 

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Fri Mar 04, 2022
Isometric Training

Isometric Training

Isometric training is an almost forgotten method of strength training. However, according to notable strength experts from the former Soviet Union, it can be equal to conventional barbell training.

Mon Feb 28, 2022
Hidden Potential: Enhancing The Westside “System” of Training

Hidden Potential: Enhancing The Westside “System” of Training

Understanding Westside Barbell as a system means we understand the elements of the system to be the Louie, the athletes, and the lifts. Its interconnections are the methods of strength training. Click the image to read in full!

Fri Feb 25, 2022
5 Accessory Exercises for the Squat

5 Accessory Exercises for the Squat

5 Accessory Exercises You Should Be Doing to Improve Your Squat

Mon Feb 21, 2022
WSBB Blog: Breakdown of a Max Effort Upper Workout

WSBB Blog: Breakdown of a Max Effort Upper Workout

How to program a Max Effort Upper workout.

Wed Feb 09, 2022
WSBB Blog: Breakdown of a Max Effort Lower Workout

WSBB Blog: Breakdown of a Max Effort Lower Workout

How to program a Max Effort Lower workout.

Mon Feb 07, 2022
WSBB Blog: Building Optimal Back Strength

WSBB Blog: Building Optimal Back Strength

Westside Barbell's Big 3 Back Exercises

Wed Feb 02, 2022
WSBB Blog: Setting Yourself Up For Success

WSBB Blog: Setting Yourself Up For Success

Base building for Conjugate beginners

Mon Jan 31, 2022
WSBB Blog: The Emotional Mindset vs. The Competitive Mindset

WSBB Blog: The Emotional Mindset vs. The Competitive Mindset

Control your state of mind, control your success.

Wed Jan 26, 2022
WSBB Blog: Getting The Most Out of Your Bands - Triceps

WSBB Blog: Getting The Most Out of Your Bands - Triceps

Using the WSBB resistance bands to increase tricep strength.

Mon Jan 24, 2022
Conjugate for Athletes: Programming Optimization

Conjugate for Athletes: Programming Optimization

Athletic Training Efficiency, Optimization, and the Conjugate Method.

Fri Jan 21, 2022
The Path to Strength Training Enlightenment

The Path to Strength Training Enlightenment

A Beginners Guide to Powerlifting Coaches

Wed Jan 19, 2022
WSBB Blog: Correcting Sub-Optimal Form

WSBB Blog: Correcting Sub-Optimal Form

Sub-Optimal Form: is it a Strength or Mobility Problem?

Tue Jan 18, 2022