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CrossFit Strength Training

By Louie Simmons

In Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

February 01, 2011

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Louie Simmons explains the finer points of the training principles he employs at the legendary Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio.

While experts like Tudor O. Bompa, Y.V. Verkhoshansky and others call for a yearly or multi-year plan, they were concentrating on the training for an Olympic competition, which occurs every four years. Westside speed-strength cycles, or waves, are integrated throughout the yearly plan as absolute strength building on… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Powerlifting, Videos

January 31, 2011

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You’ve seen the drill: squat a set, wander around, chalk up, talk some smack, chalk up again … .

That’s not how they roll at Westside Barbell on dynamic-effort squat day, when lifters push weights as fast as possible. In this video shot at Louie Simmons’ facility, you’ll see powerlifters Laura Phelps, Tony Ramos and John Kerr work through a session of multiple doubles. Each lifter jumps under the bar and bands right after the other, and… Continue Reading

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The Reverse Hyper: Part 1

By Kelly Starrett

In Exercises, Powerlifting, Videos

January 27, 2011

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Strength legend Louie Simmons swears by the reverse-hyper machine he invented after breaking his back. In this two-part video, Kelly Starret explains why the device works and why you might want to put it in your gym.

According to Starrett, the reverse hyper helps people figure out how to stabilize the body while moving the hip independently. It can also come in handy if you want to get an injured athlete doing hip… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Powerlifting, Videos

January 15, 2011

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In the fifth installment of this series, Louie Simmons talks about how slowly increasing volume affects training.

According to Simmons, the percentages he uses on dynamic-effort day are critical because they ensure the athlete is doing exactly the right amount of work. If the volume is not high enough, performance will not be maintained, and if the volume is too high, the athlete will experience a similar decline.

“I’ve got this data,” Simmons… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Powerlifting, Videos

December 30, 2010

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In Part 4 of this series, Louie Simmons fields more questions about the conjugate system he uses to produce brutally strong powerlifters.

Of particular note is a section where Simmons clarifies the percentages athletes should use on dynamic-effort day without powerlifting gear.

And in yet another intersection of Westside methods and CrossFit training principles, Simmons touches on general physical preparedness and explains that a good workout doesn’t… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Powerlifting, Videos

December 17, 2010

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“A pyramid is only as tall as it’s base, mathematically,” Louie Simmons says in answering a question about the age-appropriateness of the conjugate system.

Simmons explains that he often starts working with athletes in their teens, and he’ll give them a steady diet of box jumps, sled dragging for general physical preparedness, and lifting technique, all with the goal of eliminating weaknesses and preparing athletes for dominance as they mature.

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In Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

December 10, 2010

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Bill Starr explains how you can use your mind to get the most out of your body in the gym or in any athletic endeavor.

Anyone just starting out on a strength program will make progress if he’s consistent, learns good technique, eats right and gets his needed rest. But once he’s been training for some time and knocking on the door of the high-intermediate or advanced levels, progress comes much more slowly. This… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Powerlifting, Videos

December 09, 2010

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Train the same way for too long and you’ll experience accommodation, which will reveal itself in poor performance. For Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell, the conjugate system offers a way to avoid accommodation through constant variation of exercises.

“Strength is measured in time, not in weight,” Simmons says in explaining his method of training.

In Part 2 of this lecture, Simmons talks about “building” and “testing” exercises that… Continue Reading

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