CrossFit and Powerlifting may seem at odds at first glance, but the constantly varied training methods at Westside Barbell certainly have something in common with the CrossFit program.
Training above 90 percent of your 1RM is tremendously hard on the body, so Louie Simmons constantly changes the movement he’s maxing out on, which prevents overtraining but also keeps athletes in competition shape. While many competitors have to use a lengthy training period to prepare for a meet, Westside athletes can be ready to compete at the drop of a hat because they’re constantly maxing out in training.
With additional info from A.J. Roberts (who recently notched a 2500-lb. total), Simmons talks about why his lifters go heavy all the time, and how they’re able to do it.
For additional information about max-effort training, visit Westside Barbell.
Additional video: Training, Recovery and Maximum Effort by Dave Tate, published Sept. 15, 2009.