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In Powerlifting, Videos

December 02, 2010

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“Tomorrow, I have no idea what I’ll be doing (in the gym),” Louie Simmons says during this special lecture.

He’s talking about the conjugate system, which has athletes constantly changing the exercises they do to prevent accommodation and overtraining. The conjugate system is one of the cornerstones of Westside Barbell training, and Simmons has used it to produce a host of top powerlifters who are constantly getting stronger and breaking records.

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Conjugate CrossFit

By Chris Mason

In CrossFit, Powerlifting

November 15, 2010

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The conjugate system is a cornerstone of Westside Barbell training. Chris Mason suggests ways for CrossFitters to incorporate the method into a CrossFit program.

I believe it is an immutable fact that an increase in absolute strength for any CrossFitter would make him or her a better CrossFitter assuming said strength is not accompanied by a big increase in total body weight (or a detraining effect on endurance or strength endurance). Louie… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Powerlifting, Videos

November 12, 2010

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“I saw the benefits of it and decided that I would like to implement a strength focus,” Matt Chan says of Westside Barbell programming.

Chan, who was a top competitor in both the 2010 CrossFit Games and the CrossFit-USAW Open, says he started implementing what he learned at a CrossFit Powerlifting Certification last February. Although he doesn’t have all the specialized equipment, Chan uses what he has and then gets creative to replicate… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting, Reference

October 19, 2010

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If you don’t warm up or stretch, you aren’t optimizing your performance. Bill Starr explains.

Getting considerably stronger and staying that way is largely a matter of taking care of the details, such as training consistently, designing a program that fits your individual needs, eating wholesome foods, taking nutritional supplements, getting plenty of rest and so forth.

Most serious strength athletes take care of these tasks… Continue Reading

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Why’d You Miss?

By Jeff Barnett

In Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

August 23, 2010

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Maybe you weren’t strong enough to make the lift, or maybe something else went wrong. Jeff Barnett offers a non-exhaustive list of reasons why the iron didn’t move.

A missed lift is a wonderful opportunity. It’s an opportunity to test your limits, to build character through willingness to fail, and to examine what went wrong.

Many proficient coaches have said that you should plan your lifts carefully such that you never miss. Perhaps… Continue Reading

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Too Fat to Lift

By Chris Moore

In Powerlifting

July 23, 2010

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Chris Moore reflects on a quest for strength that pushed his weight to 370 lb. Now he’s on a path to strength and health.

I could not, for the life of me, take my eyes off the man. The guy was like a train wreck, a cataclysm and a sunrise all rolled up into one big, disturbing—yet somehow beautiful—package.

Picture in your mind, dear reader, a walking, talking kielbasa sausage at a national-level… Continue Reading

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Benching With Louie: Part 3

By Louie Simmons

In Powerlifting, Videos

June 29, 2010

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Louie Simmons can make you strong, but how he does it can be a bit of a mystery. Louie, however, doesn’t keep any secrets and shares his techniques with the CrossFit community at Powerlifting Certs.

One of the most integral parts to understanding the Westside Barbell method is to know that velocity is critical. While Simmons and crew work towards new PRs by lifting max weights on some days, they also use… Continue Reading

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Aged 18 Years

By Chris Moore

In Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

June 23, 2010

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Chris Moore offers seven lessons learned from 18 years under the bar.

Training is just like whiskey.

You start with raw, coarse ingredients. After careful preparation and sustained heat, you can produce something recognizable: a foundation. In time that product will improve. You might even call it good, but that’s only because you’ve never experienced anything better. After years of persistence, you will… Continue Reading

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