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CrossFit Westside?

By Tom Seryak

In CrossFit, Powerlifting

March 04, 2010

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Tom Seryak is an affiliate owner who used Westside methods for a period before he started CrossFit. He has done both separately but has now combined them for over a year. He offers strategies for trainers looking for ways to integrate the two programs.

For CrossFitters who are intrigued by the methods used at Westside Barbell, the pertinent question to ask is, “How do I incorporate them into my CrossFit training?”

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Tough Sledding at Westside

By Louie Simmons

In Powerlifting, Videos

February 23, 2010

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Powerlifters may be specialists, but without a good level of conditioning, they aren’t going to be able to train hard enough to keep improving. To keep his lifters in shape, Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell uses sled dragging as a main part of his general physical preparedness training.

According to Simmons, sled dragging can be used on almost any training day because the nature of the exercise prevents the excessive soreness seen after… Continue Reading

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Training at 90 Percent

By Louie Simmons

In Powerlifting, Videos

February 03, 2010

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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… Continue Reading

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Setting up the Bench

By Louie Simmons

In Powerlifting, Videos

January 25, 2010

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The bench press is the king of lifts for bar stars, Globo Gym thugs and weekend warriors, and you’re likely to see a chest-thumping bench-off go down every hour in every gym in the world. Despite the popularity of the bench press, most people don’t know how to do it with good technique.

Commonly known as a chest exercise, the bench is actually a full-body movement when performed correctly. Louie… Continue Reading

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Unleash Your Power

By Mike Warkentin

In Powerlifting

January 20, 2010

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Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell has been producing world-class lifters for decades. Mike Warkentin explains how he’ll use CrossFit Powerlifting Certs to shares his proven training methods and teach CrossFitters about strength, speed and explosive power.

At 62, Louie Simmons is revered in the powerlifting community. He’s produced world and national powerlifting champions, and he’s worked with Olympic gold medalists and professional… Continue Reading

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Speed Days

By Louie Simmons

In Powerlifting, Videos

January 11, 2010

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The first CrossFit Powerlifting Cert was held Dec. 18-19 at Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio, where legendary lifter and coach Louie Simmons shared his methods with a group of elite CrossFit trainers and athletes.

One of the keys to the Westside system is speed training with light weights (about 50 percent 1RM), which means an athlete with a 300-lb. squat may work with only 150 lb. on the bar. While that might seem strange to those… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio, Episode 100

By Justin Judkins

In Coaching, Nutrition, Powerlifting, Radio

December 30, 2009

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Tony Budding of CrossFit HQ joined Justin on Episode 100 of CrossFit Radio, webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009.

2:21 CrossFit’s subject matter experts (SMEs) all bring something valuable to the table in terms of what CrossFitters can learn from them, and Tony Budding has had the privilege of meeting with SMEs from a variety of disciplines. Tony spoke about recently meeting Louie Simmons from Westside… Continue Reading

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In Powerlifting, Sports Applications, Videos

December 26, 2009

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Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell has produced a host of world- and national-champion powerlifters, and the top lifters at his gym in Columbus, Ohio rival the top lifters in any country. He’s one of the world’s foremost authorities on strength training, and at CrossFit Powerlifting Certs he’ll share his knowledge with our community.

Despite the fact that he’s looking to produce specialists, Simmons has a training philosophy that’s very similar to… Continue Reading

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