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In Powerlifting, Videos

March 21, 2011

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In Part 3 of the Dynamic-Effort series, it’s time for speed pulls at Westside Barbell.

With speed squats behind them, athletes including A.J. Roberts, Laura Phelps-Sweatt, John Kerr, Tony Ramos and Luke Edwards hit the platform for deadlifts with well over 100 lb. of bands added as resistance at the top of the movements.

Narrator Brandon Lilly explains the form the athletes are using to generate as much power as possible, and he… Continue Reading

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Raw Strength

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Kids, Powerlifting

March 21, 2011

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CrossFit Athletes—half of them teenagers—from CrossFit Brand X head to their first powerlifting meet and almost all come home with first-place medals. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

Twelve competitors.

Nearly all at their first powerlifting meet.

Eleven first-place medals.

Twenty-eight state records broken.

All CrossFitters.

“It obviously shows we’re good at what we do,” said 15-year-old Cole Dick, one of the 12 from CrossFit Brand X who competed in the Feb. 19 USA Powerlifting California… Continue Reading

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In Competition, Powerlifting, Videos

March 10, 2011

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Paul Southern, owner of CrossFit Pleasanton, introduced a new element to the powerlifting and CrossFit communities when he hosted the Southern Powerlifting Federation’s 4-in-1 Powerlifting Event. This was the first powerlifting event with a sanctioned CrossFit division.

The division was created in part by Jesse Burdick of CrossFit Pleasanton, who is an Elite level powerlifter. Burdick has teamed up with Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell on CrossFit’s… Continue Reading

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A CrossFit Transformation

By Terry Dickman

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Powerlifting, Videos

February 25, 2011

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CrossFit Pleasanton recently hosted the Southern Powerlifting Federation’s 4-in-1 Powerlifting Event, which included divisions for CrossFit, raw, and single-ply and double-ply suits.

While there, cameras caught Terry Dickman, the fifth-place finisher from the 2010 CrossFit Games masters division and part owner of CrossFit Excel. He was competing at the powerlifting event to try something new.

“I thought it would actually help my CrossFit training, working… Continue Reading

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Left-Coast Westside

By Mark Bell

In Powerlifting

February 16, 2011

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Mark Bell explains how he uses Westside Barbell methods at Super Training Gym in Sacramento, Calif.

The road paved by Louie Simmons and his elite lifters gives me confidence that his program works. Why do I feel it works? How about 20 800-lb. deadlifters!

The Russians used to do a lot of testing on their weightlifters, and Lou adapted a lot of those principles. Now he has his own testing ground at… Continue Reading

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“I came here the first day as an ex-military guy ... and the first week just kicked my butt,” Kosta Xigagos says of his first CrossFit experience.

A CrossFit Pleasanton athlete, Xigagos is an amputee who recently competed in the Southern Powerlifting Federation’s 4-in-1 Powerlifting Event, which included divisions for CrossFit, raw, and single-ply and double-ply suits. He is the first amputee to complete a powerlifting meet.

“I wanted something to push… Continue Reading

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Dynamic-Effort Day at Westside Barbell Part 2

By Louie Simmons with Brandon Lilly

In Coaching, Powerlifting, Videos

February 13, 2011

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In Part 2 of the Dynamic-Effort series, Louie Simmons himself gets in on the action for speed squats at Westside Barbell.

With athletes including A.J. Roberts and Luke Edwards under the bar, Brandon Lilly explains exactly what the athletes are doing in this speed workout featuring box squats with bands attached to a safety squat bar.

Back to back, the athletes get under the bar, and you can hear a rhythm developing… Continue Reading

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The Two-Ply Shirt

By Willie Albert and Jay Nera

In Powerlifting, Videos

February 04, 2011

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Join Sevan Matossian at Ironwill Strength and Fitness as he shows us a specialized piece of powerlifting equipment for the bench press: the two-ply shirt.

According to Willie Albert, a competitive powerlifter and coach, two-ply powerlifting is an incredibly extreme sport in which a shirt allows skilled lifters to push 200-300 lb. more than they could in a T-shirt. The key word here is “skilled.”

“I’m not saying that… Continue Reading

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