The Iron Samurai is the official biography of Louie Simmons and the true story behind Westside Barbell in Columbus Ohio.
This book is an unfiltered lens behind the curtain of Westside Barbell. It starts from Louie's childhood and he brings you on the journey he took that lead to the creation of Westside Barbell Columbus Ohio.
It is jammed back with insanely strong people and personalities, provides accurate historical events, and best of all, It is 100%, unedited, Louie Simmons.
The Iron Samurai is the alter ego of Louie Simmons, the founder of the Columbus Ohio Westside Barbell© Club, established in 1986. Louie’s members have broken more than 100 all-time world records in powerlifting.
The Iron Samurai has watched from the sidelines as Louie has acquired several decades of special strength training experience for many sports and as he has been a consultant for many collegiate and professional teams.
Louie Simmons is one of only four men to have made Elite totals in five weight classes and was top 10 from 1971 to 2005. Louie has authored nine books, 15 DVDs, more than 250 articles as well as being a current lecturer and he holds 13 United States patents. This is the Iron Samurai’s first and only book.
Louie has traveled the world of strength for more than seven decades. His many triumphs have been equaled by his many setbacks. No setback, however, could stop him from finding a way to succeed no matter how grim things sometimes appeared. The hardest thing for someone to do is to change. Louie knew that he must adapt or perish at his own hands of determination.
After having suffered many severe injuries, and death almost claiming his soul in 1991, he also knew death could not take him yet as there were many tasks at hand that still awaited him. One of Louie’s lifters once said that everyone at Westside is just an experiment.
Maybe that was true, but he would change how people viewed special strength training around the globe when they saw the results that could be achieved through this training.
After many years of educating the public, he achieved a level of mutual understanding primarily because of all the materials he brought forward for all to see and use. Along the way, he learned that it was better to have good people over good lifters.
Although the Iron Samurai is one of Louie’s alter egos, it was not the one that replaced him in training or competitions. That one he says will go to the grave with him never to be revealed to others. His advice to everyone who reads his story or follows his life adventures is to make your own choice—choose the ball or choose the sword, but choose wisely. Doris Crawford Simmons.
Unlimited Access Conjugate Club members have access to this book included with their membership.
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Armwrestler Todd Hutchings recommended Westside in a few of his training videos. I listened to the podcasts, watched the Westside vs the World movie, bought the Westside bundle & then the Iron Samurai book. Louie is great. I'd have loved to read this stuff at 17 instead of 47. Would I have valued it though without the experience of injuries & competition? The Westside system suits me very well. I appreciate Louie's humour & how he's persevered despite serious injuries. He's out there today kicking someone or something's ass in pursuit of improvement. That's a good example to follow.
WSBB eBooks - The Iron Samurai: The True Story of Westside Barbell
Great book. Everybody should read it if you are interested of powerlifting and history of westside barbell.