Articles on Strength Training

Articles on Strength Training

Developing Special Endurance

Tags: Plan, Strength, Explosive Strength Time to Read: 5mins Westside Barbell would seem like the last place to talk about special endurance. Our powerlifters must increase all muscles’ working capacity when doing large barbell lifts, including the smaller muscles and the body’s soft tissue. Here is an example of how...

Louie Simmons
Sat Mar 20, 2021

WSBB Blog: Jump Training for Fighters

Tags: Jumping, Fighting, Conjugate Time to Read: 4min When it comes to training fighters, continuing to build on their athleticism should be the goal of every coach. We build strength and speed with weight training, cardiovascular stamina with road work, so logic dictates we need to continue to add to...

Mon Jan 25, 2021

WSBB Blog: Max Effort Upper for the Football Lineman

Tags: Max Effort, Conjugate, Football Time To Read: 4min In the game of football, linemen are the anchor of both the offense and the defense. Having a strong and athletic offensive line creates more opportunities for the quarterback to make plays and stay injury free, while having a strong and...

Tue Jan 12, 2021

Hey, Coach. You Can’t Be Too Strong.

 By Louie Simmons  Tags, Special Strength, Explosive Strength, Coaching Years ago, I heard the head strength coach at Tennessee University say to his audience that he did not want any of his football players to be able to squat 600 pounds. Apparently, he felt that if they were that strong,...

Mon Dec 07, 2020

Training Special Strengths

           [Special strengths—explosive, speed, and strength speed—are trained at different velocities.] Explosive Strength             Explosive strength is trained at high velocity. This training activity could be jumping exercises or it could be training with weights ranging from 30 percent to 40 percent on the average. If...

Fri Mar 08, 2019

How to Increase Explosive Strength

Explosive strength is the ability to exert maximal force in minimal time. To develop explosive strength and reactive ability you need to do two things. First, you must build your speed strength and second, in the same time frame, you must raise your absolute strength. A shot putter must become...

Mon Oct 30, 2017

The Stretch Reflex

Dave Yarnell wrote a great tribute to the Culver City Westside Barbell club and its connections with the Columbus, Ohio, Westside club. There is, of course, a lot about box squatting. We feel there is only one method to box squat, but many have these less effective methods. On the...

Thu Jul 27, 2017

The Tendo Unit

Have you ever wondered how you measure up to other athletes or lifters? Are you quick with light loads? What about heavy loads? How explosive are you when jumping or bounding? These are just a few very important questions that need to be addressed. Let’s look at a device that...

Tue Oct 18, 2016

Dynamic Effort Method™ - Circa 2009

The dynamic method is sometimes referred to as speed work. There are some who think it is not necessary to work on speed. This is just one part of the total strength equation. Sometimes when people read a little, they become dangerous. A little knowledge can be a curse. One...

Tue Oct 18, 2016

JUMPING

I am always trying to overcome the force of gravity with a barbell or jumping. Everyone knows about Westside squatters, but what about their jumping ability? How about a 63.5″ box jump, backed up with a 63″ and a 60″.Jumping is the definition of explosive power- not Olympic lifting, which...

Thu Oct 13, 2016

BECOMING AN OLYMPIC LEVEL SPRINTER

What is required to be an Olympic level sprinter? First, one must have a top coach who is capable of teaching proper running form. Next, there needs to be a strength coach that uses a rotation of special exercises to develop the most powerful sprinter possible. It’s common to use...

Thu Oct 13, 2016