Articles on Strength Training

Articles on Strength Training

Strength Training at Home

By: Westside Barbell   Tags: garage gym, essentials, basics      For any fan of Westside Barbell new or old, it should be well known that Louie Simmons started powerlifting at home, first in his basement, and then like so many of us in his garage gym long before the...

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Mon Jul 06, 2020

How to Start a Deadlift

How to Start a Deadlift By: Louie Simmons Tags: deadlift, lockout, glutes     Many lifters find their sticking point or mini-max is when lifting the bar off the floor.     First, you must apply more force than the barbell’s weights. But it can be made easier if you...

Mon Jul 06, 2020

How to Box Squat Correctly

How to Box Squat Correctly By: Louie Simmons   Tags: squat, box squat, legs       Box squats have been around since the 1940s when a Mr. A used them. The Culver City Westside Barbell Club in California made them a standard training aid in the 1960s and early...

Mon Jul 06, 2020

Bench Pressing Tips

Bench Pressing Tips By: Louie Simmons Tags: bench, triceps, max effort     Westside has had six men hold the all-time bench press record along with DaveHoff making the biggest full-meet bench of more than 1,000 pounds. Many women have held the all-time bench record as well—from Doris Simmons at...

Wed Apr 08, 2020

Behind These Walls

Premier & Live Q&A starts @ 6.00pm 3/27/20 In this video, Louie Simmons shares some of the real history of Westside Barbell and what impact the original Westside Barbell club in Culver City had on him. From training as a twelve-year-old in this basement all the way up to the...

Thu Mar 26, 2020

Organization of Training

   Organization of Training   tags: training, waves, strength & conditioning      It is most important to avoid over or under training. To avoid either extreme would call for using a system to calculate the total work load for your classical lifts. You’ll be using the percentage of your...

Mon Mar 23, 2020

How to Develop Explosive Strength

How to Develop Explosive Strength By: Louie Simmons Tags: explosive, jumps, dynamic   First, let’s answer the question... “What is explosive strength?”     Zatsiorsky described explosive strength roughly by dividing the maximum force by the time taken to produce this level of force. You can also think of explosive...

Mon Feb 03, 2020

Strength Training for Long-Distance Running

By: Louie Simmons Tags: running, speed, strength     In 2014, at thirty years old, Dennis Kipruto Kimetto, (b. Jan 22, 1984) a long-distance runner from Kenya set the marathon record of 2:02:57 (two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds) in Chicago, Illinois. He was the first man to ever...

Thu Jan 09, 2020

A Weekly Plan for Sprinters

A Weekly Plan for Sprinters Tags: sprinters, methods, strength and conditioning, conjugate method By: Louie Simmons One must not use Block Style Periodization as it leads to detraining. It does not advance your sprint training. As you leave one block and move to the next after three weeks, you will...

Tue Dec 17, 2019

Bench Lockout

One of our most frequently used variations for the bench (for those whom compete geared or raw) is the floor press. While the Straight Bar 1RM in this movement is the most basic standard, many lifters here prefer to drill it using the Football, or T-Grip Bar. This is due...

Wed May 15, 2019

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