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 Article: The Journey

Tags: Reflect, Journey, TrainingTime to Read: 7-8 mins   In life and sports, everyone must look up to someone or something. And that person or thing you look up to can change over the course of your lifetime. My first master was the Culver City, California, Westside Barbell Club. I...

Thu Feb 18, 2021

Special Devices

Tags: Bars, Conjugate, Variation Time to Read: 6.5min The Westside System divides work volume into 20 percent and 80 percent. The barbell volume mostly calculates the 20 percent with the barbell on Speed-Strength days. Then there is 75 percent, 80 percent, or 85 percent for the powerlifters’ training. Eighty percent...

Thu Jan 21, 2021

Programs for the Olympic Lifter

Programs for the Olympic Lifter Tags: Olympic, Conjugate, Speed Time to Read: 5 Min Westside Barbell has broken more than 100, actually close to 140, all-time world records. How you may ask. We have combined the Russians, Bulgarians, and Chinese training systems along with the proven Conjugate System, which Westside...

Thu Jan 21, 2021

The Luckiest Man Alive

By Louie Simmons Tags: Conjugate, Westside, ThoughtsTime to Read: 5min It may sound like I am not lucky to hear my story, but it was a long journey to arrive where I am today.  When I was 10-years-old, I had very little in the way of money, but I found...

Tue Jan 12, 2021

Equipment to Train Properly

By Louie Simmons  Tags: Reverse Hyper, Home Gym, Sleds I competed in powerlifting contests from 1966 to 2011. During that time, I made the top 10 lists for 34 years, beginning in 1971 and continuing through 2005. At 63-years-old at a different meet in 2011, I officially made a 730-pound...

Fri Jan 01, 2021

Speed-Strength Periodization

 Tags Squats, Dynamic Effort, Bench For the development of speed-strength, one should use the Combinations of Methods training. Westside has had great success with adding bands to the barbell for speed-strength. Westside uses 33 percent band tension added to the barbell in three-week waves of 80 percent, 85-percent, and 90-percent...

Mon Dec 21, 2020

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

How to Bench Press Correctly

Tags: Bench, Delts , Dumbbells By: Louie Simmons  With six men breaking all-time world records, while training at Westside, we have developed a system that helps Dave Hoff bench press 1014 pounds in a full-power meet, by far the biggest of all time.  There are many things to consider to be...

Wed Oct 28, 2020

A Sit Down Interview with Chuck Vogelpohl

Below is a transcribed interview that took place within Westside Barbell between Louie Simmons [Louie] and Chuck Vogelpohl [Chuck]. Anyone who knows Chuck will appreciate the fact he is a man of few words so this interview is brief and to the point.  We hope you enjoy it, Team WSBB...

Wed Oct 14, 2020

The King of Exercises

The Good Morning is the most underrated exercise on the planet. Since the beginning of weight training the Good Morning has always been around. So why are people not doing more of them, and what are they missing out on?

Tue Sep 29, 2020