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Strength and Conditioning based education aimed for coaches, athletes, and fitness enthusiast. Hosted by Tom Barry with Strength Guru Louie Simmons.

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Q’n’A with Laura Phelps - WSBB#59
01:17:09

Laura Phelps-Stackhouse currently holds 5 all-time world records, has the #1 total, by formula, across all weight classes, and is the first female to total 11x Bodyweight. Laura is an accomplished coach, actively training lifters through Queen Bee Power.

https://www.queenbeepower.com/

00:00 INTRO 01:39 ORGANIZING MEETS 12:42 COACHING GPP 34:31 THE SQUAT 39:40 USING BANDS IN TRAINING 43:45 BACK TO SQUATS 49:30 YOUR QUESTIONS FOR LAURA 1:15:07 WRAP UP/PARTING THOUGHTS

Sep 23, 2022
It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint - Jason Coker - WSBB #58
01:19:31

Jason Coker is a professional powerlifter and coach, whom during his tenure at Westside Barbell broke multiple world records. Outside of lifting, he is well known for being brutally honest, incredibly loyal and one of the most entertaining and genuine characters to come through Westside in the last 10 years

00:00 INTRO 00:18 WHEN DID JASON START POWERLIFTING 03:41 WHEN DID JASON START LIFTING EQUIPPED 06:19 WHEN DID LIFTING GET SERIOUS 08:14 JASON AND LOUIE 10:05 JASON'S NUMBERS '06-'09 12:26 RIVALRY WITH SHAWN FRANKL 17:35 JASON'S MISHAPS WHILE LIFTING 19:13 STARTING TO TRAIN AT WESTSIDE 23:56 DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MORNING AND EVENING CREW 25:43 BREAKFAST 34:17 GYM STORIES 48:18 SEEING LOUIE'S ADVICE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A COACH 52:39 THEY STAYED IN CONTACT 1:03:12 THE POINT OF SURGERY 01:11:38 TRAINING QUESTIONS 1:18:41 3 TIPS FOR BEGINNERS/OUTRO

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Sep 16, 2022
The Newark Boys - Josh Gutridge & Joe Bayless - WSBB #57
01:30:52

Josh Gutridge & Joe Bayless, aka "The Newark Boys", began training at Westside Barbell in the late 90's back when the gym was located on Demorest Rd. They have been important members of westside history and the development of the Conjugate method.

00:00 INTRO 01:22 JOSH'S START AT WESTSIDE 04:13 JOE'S START AT WESTSIDE 08:52 JOSH'S FIRST PUSH PULL 11:39 JOE'S FIRST MEET AT WESTSIDE 20:03 WHAT CREW DID THEY TRAIN WITH 20:36 WHAT WAS GRITTER LIKE? 27:02 HOW THEY TESTED NEW MEMBERS?  30:46 WHAT DROVE THEM? 43:30 THE INTENSITY OF WESTSIDE 51:27 THE LEGEND OF ESKILL CONTINUES 54:51 WHAT WAS MORE FUN - MEETS OR GYM TRAINING? 1:00:23 STRONG FOR THE GYM 1:03:06 LOUIE AS A TRAINING PARTNER 1:08:23 THE MEET AT WESTSIDE 1:18:22 WHAT AT WESTSIDE ARE THEY MOST PROUD OF? 1:30:55 FINAL THOUGHTS/OUTRO

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Sep 09, 2022
Westside Barbell Podcast #56 - Bill Whittaker & Jim Seitzer
01:15:38

Bill and Jim were a part of the original crew that trained under the guidance of Louie. 

Bill was Louie's first training partner back in the when Louie trained in his basement. 

Jim is also the Founder of Bandbell, a company that specializes in O.K.E. training equipment such as the Earthquake and Rhinoflex series of bars.

Checkout Bandbell Here.

https://www.bandbell.com

00:00 INTRO 00:20 HOW BILL STARTED TRAINING 02:35 BILL'S FIRST IMPRESSION OF LOUIE 05:52 WHAT GROUP LIKE AS IT GREW? 08:53 WHAT WAS THE MINDSET BACK THEN? HOW ID THEY STAY MOTIVATED? 10:25 DID PEOPLE HAVE A SPECIFIC ROLE? 11:01 AMAZING FEATS SEEN IN THE GYM 13:31 DID THEY TALK ABOUT TRAINING? 15:04 HOW LONG WERE YOU AT WESTSIDE? 17:44 BILL'S STORIES OF WESTSIDE 22:26 THE FAMILY ASPECT 24:50 THE START OF THE REVERSE HYPER 26:19 HOW DID THEY GET EQUIPMENT 29:15 HOW DID THEY LEARN TO SPOT AND LOAD 32:26 WHO WAS INNOVATING EQUIPMENT BACK THEN 35:02 HOW DID THEY DO EXERCISE SELECTION 41:39 THE ATMOSPHERE WHILE TRAINING 43:54 HOW TO CORRECT A LIFT 44:37 LOUIE'S DEVELOPMENT AS A COACH 51:09 HOW MUCH FUN WERE MEETS? 54:09 LOUIE'S LIFE IS A SERIES OF SHORT STORIES 58:31 THE HISTORY OF BACK THEN 1:02:26 WHAT DID TIM AND GARY ADD TO THE GROUP? 1:05:35 HOW HARD WAS THE TRANSITION OUT 1:06:38 MORE STORIES 1:15:09 OUTRO

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Sep 02, 2022
Westside Barbell Podcast #55 - Combat Sports Q’n’A
29:17

In this episode, Tom and Loper sit down to answer your questions on training for Combat Sports

Timesstamps

00:00 intro 00:27 In-season Wrestling Training 01:53 Ab Movemnt for MMA 03:30 Day 3 for a Condensed Conjugate Progam 04:17 Does Dana Know? 05:07 What type of Strengths to address and when? 07:20 How ot increase explosiveness 08:20 Whay are MMA workouts so damn long? 10:24 Weighted Carries 12:13 How to split Upper and Lower Days 13:35 Training Boxers vs Mixed Martial Artists 15:42 Tom's Favourite Carry 17:00 Sprints 17:51 What lifts has the most correspondence to punching power 19:15 Speed Squats - Time vs Reps 20:05 KPI's For Stand Up Fighters vs Grapplers 22:15 Training for Muay Thai 24:32 How do change leading up to the fight? 27:07 Best excercises for wrestling 28:32 Outro

 

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Aug 26, 2022
Westside Barbell Podcast #54 - Laura Phelps & Tony Ramos
01:26:51

Laura Phelps-Stackhouse currently holds 5 all-time world records, has the #1 total, by formula, across all weight classes, and is the first female to total 11x Bodyweight. She is a shining example of Westside and it's legacy. Aside from achieving G.O.A.T. status, Laura is an accomplished coach, actively training lifters through Queen Bee Power.

Tony Ramos is a professional powerlifter and loyal member of Westside Barbell. He has earned the nickname "The Ninja" because of how he disappears and reappears all the time. Outside of the gym, Tony owns and operates multiple successful businesses, of which his leading company TFR construction, continues to grow and lead the way in concrete installation.

Follow Laura:

https://www.instagram.com/queenbeepower/

https://www.queenbeepower.com/

 

00:00 Intro 00:10 Start 00:33 Tony's Start at Westside 07:00 Tony's first meet at westside 11:46 Laura's Start at westside 18:45 Tony's Party House, 23:07 What made westside so special? 25:25 Training people to break your own records? 26:30 Tony & Westside 31:31 Louie knew how to treat everyone 36:19 How Westside helped Laura, how they motivated people 41:50 Louie would test you in every way, perfect form, seated deadlifts 45:49 Unique training moments, new forms of training, training to get stronger 53:45 origin of the 5x5s, transition between crews, Louie led by example 1:01:30 Circa max with chains 1:03:00 Tony free squatting, meet stories 1:04:55 Routine up to the bar, life stories 1:14:40 Tony always had everyone's back, Tony & Louie 1:17:41 Louie's network, Louie's numbers 1:24:25 Final thoughts

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Aug 12, 2022
Westside Barbell Podcast #53 - Chuck, Markus, Dom and Tom
01:18:19

This is special episode of the podcast as it's the first podcast recorded inside the gym of Westside Barbell. The guests for today's podcast couldn't be more appropriate for this occasion:

Chuck Vogelpohl: Other than Louie himself, Chuck V is probably the most associated name with Westside Barbell. A living legend of Westside history, as well as setting world records, Chuck is the embodiment of both the Westside mentality and the achievements of the club.

Marcus Marinelli: Founder of Strong Style MMA in Cleveland. Marcus based his gym after the time he spent training with Louie and the crew at Westside. Strong Style is home to many great martial artists including former UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic.

Dominic Rotolo and Tom Waddle are integral members of Westside History, part of the morning crew with Chuck and Marcus, they both have contributed to the Westside Legacy.

Follow Chuck V:

https://www.instagram.com/chuckvogelpohl

Check Out Marcus and Strong Style Here:

https://strongstyle.com/

00:00:00 Intro 00:00:25 Marcus starting at Westside, meeting Dom, meeting Chuck 00:07:24 Chuck's Start 00:09:30 Dom's Start, being around Louie 00:18:06 Tom Waddle's Start, Louie the Chameleon 00:23:55 A Strong Mind 00:27:00 Chuck's Neck 00:28:56 The impact of Westside's culture, Matt Dimmel 00:36:27 Characters at Westside 00:40:00 Comp Behavior, The Pecking Order 00:41:30 Briggs Rd, Matt working the front 00:43:40 Competing as a team, going out as a team, comradery 01:00:00 Learning from Louie 01:03:45 Louie Simmons, Nitro 01:12:11 Training Stories 01:14:15 a UPS delivery 01:17:15 Woo!

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Jul 22, 2022
Westside Barbell Podcast #52 Q&A with Tom and Loper
36:26

In this episode of the podcast, Tom and Loper go over your questions submitted from Instagram

Some of the topics covered include:

- Westside and The Future

- Training and Programming

- Louie and Westside

00:00 Intro 01:30 Warm Ups 03:35 Speed Bench without bands or chains 06:55 Programming Jumps 10:05 Who's in Charge? 11:28 Louie's way of teaching 17:21 Originally, where was Westside Barbell? 23:22 If you fail to plan, you plan to fail 24:29 What wearing a Westside t-shirt mean to Louie 25:59 Louie and the Podcast, his own universe and his fame 30:09 Train Twice a Day? 32:21 Beginners and building Strength 34:29  Wheelbarrows 35:37 Parting thoughts/outro

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Jul 08, 2022
Westside Barbell Podcast #51 - Coe & Gritter, The Night Crew
01:30:29

Bob Coe and Jeff "Gritter" Adams ran the Night Crew at Westside for many years. Coe initially came to Westside in 1979, alongside Matt Dimmel while Gritter started in 1994. after being invited to train there by Louie. Their development of Night Crew and the resulting achievements became an integral part to the legacy of Westside Barbell and Louie's training methodologies. 

Topics Covered include:

- The history and culture of the Night Crew

- Training Dave Hoff

- Chuck's brief stint in the Night Crew

00:00 intro 00:35 Coe & Gritters beginnings at Westside 07:30 Louie & The First Arnold, Coe's Olympia Stories 10:00 Westside Competing at the Arnold's, Anthony Clarke 11:27 The Night Crew 16:28 Eskill and The Night Crew 19:46 What stood out with the Night Crew 22:00 Achievements of the Night Crew 27:11 Coe, a benchshirt, and a 100 scratches 31:20 Feats of Strength in the Gym, injury rates, training with bands for the first time 34:54 Louie's training experiments, 39:30 Why People Stayed, bar fights, meeting Matt Dimmel, early Westside days 42:16 Ohio Strong, Black's Strength World 44:48 Matt Dimmel 48:30 Louie's Gyms, The Board 54:00 Coe as a Handler, hand outs, Training with Dave off 1:00:00 Never Dump The Bar 1:03:00 Hoff - 3005 1:04:00 Chuck 1:09:20 The Westside Method 1:13:00 The Newark Crew 1:17:55 Louie and The Crew, The Hoffs 1:21:30 Jerry O, Tony Ramos, back to Hoff 1:26:00 Parting Thoughts on Louie 1:29:23 Outro    

 

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Jun 24, 2022
Westside Barbell Podcast #50 - Jim Seizter, The First Member
01:11:00

Jim Seitzer has an elite total of 1824.3 and is a former Mr. USA. Jim was a founding member of Westside Barbell, training under Louie back in the Basement Days through various inceptions of Westside. He is also the Founder of Bandbell (https://www.bandbell.com/), a company that specializes in O.K.E. training equipment such as the Earthquake and Rhinoflex series of bars

 

Topics covered include:

 

- Meeting Louie Simmons

- The Original Crew and training in the 70's

- Jim's bodybuilding career and the importance power-building played

 

00:10 - Intro

00:30 - Starting as gymnast/Discovering weight training

04:40 - Meeting Louie Simmons/The Original Crew

11:15 - Louie's Early training and developing his system

17:40 - Developing the Reverse Hyper

23:45 - When Louie broke his back

25:40 - The Board/Louie's Coaching/Crew Mentality

32:00 - Generations of Westside/Louie at Westside

39:57 - Louie's Favorite Hobby/Training with Louie

46:00 - Ohio Strong

49:00 - Jim's Bodybuilding Career/Powerlifting Career

58:00 - Louie Stories

01:08:00 - Jim on Louie

01:10:30 - Outro

 

 

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Jun 10, 2022
Westside Barbell Podcast #49 - The Deadlift
56:49

Louie and Tom answer your questions on the deadlift in this episode. Regarded as the king of all lifts, the deadlift is an essential exercise. Topics Covered include:

-Speed Work -Essential Muscle Groups -Common Weaknesses Deadlifting

00:00 Intro 00:09 LOUIE WANTS YOU 01:10 Podcast Start 01:22 The Importance of developing the back, glutes and hamstrings 04:50 What Louie Learned about the Deadlift at Westside 06:45 The Importance of the Stomach 07:23 Most Common Weakness in the Deadlift 08:50 How Louie rates the Deadlift 09:20 Incorporating Speed Work 11:25 The Effect of Speed Work 16:18 The Good Morning 20:35 Andy Bolton, Yuri Belken 22:36 Chair Deadlift 24:03 When should you switch Exercise 27:05 Adding Bands 29:16 Deficit Deadlifts 32:19 Louie's Coaching Blueprint 34:50 Deadlift Grip 36:30 Barbell Rows 38:20 Snatch Grip Deadlift 39:02 Strongman Implements 41:54 Louie's Concluding Comments on the Deadlift 50:16 You Gotta Learn 56:08 Outro _____ For more exclusive interviews, video tutorials, webinars, master class with Louie Simmons, never seen before footage, and much more, visit Westside Barbell’s official education system at www.conjugatemethod.com _____ Louie Simmons is widely regarded as the 'Strength Coaches, Strength Coach' and is the founder of the world-renowned gym called Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio.

Westside Barbell is an invitation-only training laboratory where only the strongest of mind and body survive. Our goal is simple: “To become the best and push every boundary known to man in doing so.”

This gym has produced more world records in powerlifting than any other in the World, and Louie has been regarded as one of the main reasons that the conjugate style of training has been popularized in today's training methods.

Outside of powerlifting, Louie is a strength consultant for many NFL, NBA, MBA teams, along with having trained gold medal sprinters, pro boxers, UFC fighters, and many more athletes out of his gym via the conjugate method of strength training.

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Mar 01, 2022
Westside Barbell Podcast #48 - Jud Logan, Box Jumps and Explosive Power
36:30

Jud Logan (July 19, 1959 – January 3, 2022) was a hammer thrower, highly decorated athlete and a 4 time Olympian. He competed in the 1984, 1988, 1992 and the 2000 Olympic Games. In 1987 he won gold in the Pan American Games. In the 1980's, as his strength began to stagnate, his East German friends advised him to push his box jumps. As his improved his box jumps, his throws began increasing. Box jumps are still a staple in Westside training to this day. Louie and Tom discuss Jud's time at Westside, the effectiveness of box jumps, the importance of explosive power and more in todays episode.

 

TIMESTAMPS - 00:00 - Intro 00:10 - Who is Jud Logan? 02:00 - Implementing Box Jumps 02:25 - What difference did box jumping make? 04:28 - How important is speed work in relation to max effort? 06:27 - Sled Pulls 09:37 - As true today as it was back then - Soviet Training Books, Science and practice of strength training 11:02 - Make the Athlete better than You 11:50 - Louie's Coaching Technique 16:25 - The Importance of GPP 18:12 - Box Jump's Carryover 19:27 - Sport Specific Training 21:20 - Athlete Overtraining 23:36 - Conjugate is Everything 25:42 - The Gym is the Answer 31:26 - Louie on Jud 32:53 - Louie's Goal

 

For more exclusive interviews, video tutorials, webinars, master class with Louie Simmons, never seen before footage, and much more, visit Westside Barbell’s official education system at www.conjugateclub.com   _____   Louie Simmons is widely regarded as the 'Strength Coaches', Strength Coach' and is the founder of the world-renowned gym called Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio. Westside Barbell is an invitation-only training laboratory where only the strongest of mind and body survive.   Our goal is simple: “To become the best and push every boundary known to man in doing so.” This gym has produced more world records in powerlifting than any other in the World, and Louie has been regarded as one of the main reasons that the conjugate style of training has been popularized in today's training methods.
Feb 03, 2022
Westside Barbell Podcast #47 - Olympic Weightlifting
34:15

Louie and Tom discuss the USA weightlifting team's performance at the 2020 Olympics. Louie outlines the challenges facing American weightlifting and what needs to change in regards to the training and development of athletes in order to overcome these obstacles.

 

Some of the topics discussed are:
  • Future of USA Weightlifting
  • What makes China so strong?
  • Powerlifting for Weightlifting
  • Weightlifting for Powerlifting
  • And more!

TIMESTAMPS

00:00 Intro 00:12 Start 00:24 Future of USA Weightlifting 03:55 What makes China so strong? 07:00 Louie's experience with Olympic Weightlifting 08:10 Best Olympic Lifter 09:00 What role does maximum strength have in weightlifting? 12:18 Max effort strength and other forms of strength in weightlifting 13:50 Absolute strength and technical improvements 17:35 Powerlifting for weightlifters, weightlifting for powerlifters 20:03 Crossfit and Football's influence on Weightlifting 20:45 Olympic weightlifters and Westside Barbell 25:40 Olympic coaches, come to Westside Barbell

_____   For more exclusive interviews, video tutorials, webinars, master class with Louie Simmons, never seen before footage, and much more, visit Westside Barbell’s official education system at www.conjugateclub.com   _____   Louie Simmons is widely regarded as the 'Strength Coaches', Strength Coach' and is the founder of the world-renowned gym called Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio. Westside Barbell is an invitation-only training laboratory where only the strongest of mind and body survive.   Our goal is simple: “To become the best and push every boundary known to man in doing so.” This gym has produced more world records in powerlifting than any other in the World, and Louie has been regarded as one of the main reasons that the conjugate style of training has been popularized in today's training methods.
Nov 24, 2021
Westside Barbell Podcast #46 - The Origins of The Conjugate Method and Westside Barbell
01:00:16
In this podcast, Louie Simmons and Tom Barry discuss the original Westside Barbell from Culver city, where you got the conjugate method from, and modern-day Westside barbell.   Some of the topics discussed are:
  • Culver City Westside Barbell members
  • Louie's competitive days
  • Why did Louie open a gym?
  • The Westside Barbell logo, Nitro
  • And more!
  _____   For more exclusive interviews, video tutorials, webinars, master class with Louie Simmons, never seen before footage, and much more, visit Westside Barbell’s official education system at www.conjugateclub.com   _____   Louie Simmons is widely regarded as the 'Strength Coaches', Strength Coach' and is the founder of the world-renowned gym called Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio. Westside Barbell is an invitation-only training laboratory where only the strongest of mind and body survive.   Our goal is simple: “To become the best and push every boundary known to man in doing so.” This gym has produced more world records in powerlifting than any other in the World, and Louie has been regarded as one of the main reasons that the conjugate style of training has been popularized in today's training methods.    
Oct 18, 2021
Westside Barbell Podcast #45 - Louie Simmons and John Quint - NFL Injuries
01:12:03

In this episode, John Quint joins Louie Simmons and Tom Barry to discuss the injury rate in the NFL. Within the first week of 2019, the NFL lost about half a billion dollars for starters not playing.

Some of the topics discussed are:
  • Optimal training
  • Minimizing injuries
  • Training environment
  • And much more!

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For more exclusive interviews, video tutorials, webinars, master class with Louie Simmons, never seen before footage, and much more, visit Westside Barbell’s official education system at www.conjugateclub.com

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Louie Simmons is widely regarded as the 'Strength Coaches', Strength Coach' and is the founder of the world-renowned gym called Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio. Westside Barbell is an invitation-only training laboratory where only the strongest of mind and body survive.

 

Our goal is simple: “To become the best and push every boundary known to man in doing so.” This gym has produced more world records in powerlifting than any other in the World, and Louie has been regarded as one of the main reasons that the conjugate style of training has been popularized in today's training methods.

 
Oct 24, 2020
Westside Barbell Podcast #44 - Fundamentals Q&A with Coach Josh Bush
38:47

In today's podcast, Louie Simmons is joined by Coach Josh Bush who is the base Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach at Fort Knox for Reef Systems.

 

This is a phone in question and answers based podcast, so advanced apologies for any patches of inconsistent volume.

 

Stay Strong!

 

Westside Barbell

Jul 24, 2020
Westside Barbell Podcast #43 - Behind These Walls
57:59

In this podcast, Louie Simmons shares the real history of Westside Barbell and what impact the original Westside Barbell Club in Culver City had on him. From training as a twelve-year-old in this basement all the way up to the current location of Westside Barbell. Find out why Westside Barbell has become what it is today in a way that only Louie can tell.

The past training years resulted in Louie’s first book, the Book of Methods. Here you can find the collection of training methods which were obtained in 30 years. The 3-week wave system, circa max, delayed transformation, accommodating resistance and much more, it’s all there.

Video Index: 00:00:12 – The effect of the original Westside Barbell club in Culver City 00:02:22 – What made you choose their methods? 00:04:41 – First equipment and exercises after the army 00:07:29 – First training partners 00:08:56 – How people found Louie 00:09:18 – The effects of having training partners 00:11:35 – Equipment in the basement 00:12:24 – Looking for an edge 00:12:35 – The reverse hyper 00:13:35 – Post-training assessment 00:14:12 – Westside Barbell locations 00:15:18 – World record holders 00:16:35 – Westside women 00:17:06 – The four greatest lifters 00:17:52 – Asking questions 00:18:40 – Why do you always answer every question now? 00:20:41 – Garage stories 00:22:20 – Hardcore attitude 00:24:28 – No time to change 00:26:03 – Don’t miss lifts 00:26:49 – (John) Blacks Health Club 00:28:01 – George Crawford 00:29:33 – Psychology 00:30:22 – The first generation of lifters 00:31:32 – Team = Family 00:33:29 – Woman of Westside Barbell 00:33:52 – Demorest 00:37:20 – Eskil Thomasson (Sweden) 00:39:34 – Gym competitions 00:41:02 – Dave Tate 00:42:54 – The current Westside Barbell location 00:43:28 – Meets & Records 00:46:23 – Unbelievable stories 00:50:48 – Matt Wenning 00:51:57 – Best day and worst day 00:55:31 – Can’t 00:56:38 – Hilltop fights

Mar 31, 2020
Westside Barbell Podcast #42 - Five things you should know about the Bench Press!
14:05

Louie is going over some crucial teaching points for those wanting a better bench.

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Mar 25, 2020
Westside Barbell Podcast #41 - Jeremy Smith
25:11

In this episode, Louie Simmons sits down with Westside's newest member Jeremy Smith to talk all things training.

Jeremy is a dwarf powerlifter from West Grove Pennsylvania and is breaking perceptions and world records to show the world that with hard work and dedication you can overcome anything with the right mindset.

 

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Mar 18, 2020
Westside Barbell Podcast #40 - Peter Bremner
29:52

Peter Bremner is the number one deadlifter in Ireland and the newest recruit to join Westside Barbell. In this podcast, Louie sits down with Peter to find out about his training and his thoughts on training at Westside.

This podcast is sponsored by the Conjugate Club.

For more information, please go to www.conjugatemethod.com

Jan 22, 2020
Episode 39 - Louie Simmons talks with Nick Showman
01:14:00

In this episode, Louie sits down and talks training with Nick Showtime of Showtime Strength. They go in-depth on strength training for Softball and go over common coaching mistakes made when in the weight room working with athletes. 

 

Hope you enjoy,

 

Tom

 

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Jun 14, 2019
Episode 38 - Tom Barry talks with Matt Brown
51:48

In this episode, Tom Barry talks with UFC fighter Matt Brown to discuss the athletes perspective on a good strength and conditioning system and coach. To watch the full video of this interview head over to conjugateclub.com and become a member today.

 

Hope you enjoy,

 

Westside Barbell 

May 10, 2019
Episode 37 - Louie Simmons talks with Dan Green
49:37

Louie sits down with world known powerlifter Dan Green.

Dan’s best meet total in the 242’s is 2210lb, and best pulls in the gym are an 881lb sumo and a 900lb conventional. In this episode, they discuss the difference (if any) when it comes to bodybuilding vs. powerlifting in terms of volume for strength maintenance.

Additionally, they go into depth when it comes to deadlift philosophy, rep ranges, and cues.

 

We hope you enjoy!

 

Westside Barbell

Mar 05, 2019
Episode 36 - Louie Simmons talks with Dave Hoff
29:31

In this episode brought to you by the conjugateclub.com, Louie Simmons sits down with Westside's resident World Record holder Dave Hoff to discuss his powerlifting career, his journey through Westside Barbell, how he trains with some bench press tips, and lots, lots more.

To see the video of this interview make sure to sign up to our member's site www.conjugateclub.com.

We hope you enjoy it,

Tom

Feb 11, 2019
Episode 35 - Louie Simmons meets Ashley Jones
01:00:58

In this months podcast, John Ashley Jones joins us for a discussion on his journey through strength and conditioning. Ashley is a HIGHLY respected strength coach and has an endless wealth of knowledge to share especially when it comes to a common sense approach in training elite athletes.

To give you an idea of the caliber of organizations Ashley has worked with take a read below;

  • Head of Physical Preparation; Samoa Rugby Union (2018) 2019 RWC Qualified
  • Consultant Strength and Conditioning Coach; Stade Français Paris (Pre-Season) (2017)
  • Head of Strength and Conditioning; Edinburgh Rugby / Scottish Rugby Union (2014 – 2017) Challenge Cup Finalist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach; Scottish Rugby Union (2015 – 2016) Triple Quarter Finalist 2015 RWC
  • Head of Strength and Conditioning; Panasonic (Japan Top League) (2013 – 2014) Triple Crown Winners
  • Head of Strength and Conditioning; Wallabies (Australian Rugby Union) (2012)
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach; New Zealand All Blacks (2005 – 2007)
  • Head of Strength and Conditioning; Crusaders, New Zealand (Super Rugby)

We had a blast before, during and after this podcast talks shop with Ashley and I urge you to reach out and pick this mans brain!

 

Hope you enjoy,

 

Tom

This episode is sponsored by the www.conjugateclub.com

 

 

Jan 31, 2019
Westside Barbell Audio Articles 04 - Westside Mass Production
10:09

Louie briefly talks about Westside Barbells submaximal effort that helped developed 10 athletes to have raw benched over 600lbs.

 

Hope You Enjoy,

 

Tom

Dec 24, 2018
Westside Barbell Audio Articles 03 - No Body Said It Would Be Easy
20:46

“No one said it would be easy” should have been stamped on my forehead as I started my full-time powerlifting career. - Louie Simmons

This audio article accounts for Louie Simmons powerlifting career showcasing the ups and many downs he had to overcome. It is thanks to this journey that we have the Westside Barbell conjugate method.

Hope you enjoy,

 

Tom

Dec 17, 2018
Westside Barbell Audio Articles 02 - Strength training for the sprinter
16:13

In this article, Louie goes in-depth on how to accurately train strength for a sprinter,

 

Hope You Enjoy,

 

Tom 

Dec 17, 2018
CC Bitesize Chat - Dr. Nicholas Romanov and Louie Simmons
10:20

This is a small segment of the Conjugate Chat video interview we did today with Dr. Nicholas Romanov and Louie Simmons. To Listen and Watch in full go to

  1. Go To www.conjugateclub.com 
  2. Sign Up
  3. Go To The Chat Section 
  4. Under Month 1 you will find the video
Oct 19, 2018
Episode 34 - Untold Fitness Meets Louie Simmons
36:34

Another audio segment that was snagged from a phone call interview Louie did with Untold Fitness,

Hope you Enjoy

Oct 05, 2018
Episode 33 - Lift Lab Meets Louie Simmons
51:15

We took audio from an interview done by Lift Lab when they visited Westside Barbell back in 2016. Louie drops some valuable nuggets of information during this segment.

Sadly the Audio Quality is pretty poor as it was recorded via a phone!

Hope you enjoy!

Tom

Oct 05, 2018
Westside Audio Articles - Assessing The Assessment
23:39

This a free episode of our pilot audio article more of which can be found exclusively within our membership club.

To sign up today go to https://www.conjugateclub.com/ 

Hope you enjoy,

Tom

Oct 04, 2018
Episode 32 - Box Squatting
37:22

Today's topic is on Box Squats.

This podcast was recorded during our Conjugate Club live feed. Only club members get to listen and/or watch the live question and answers which happens after each podcast

If you would like to sign up please check out www.conjugateclub.com 

Oct 04, 2018
Episode 31 - Raising Work Capacity
01:00:53

Welcome to Episode 31 of the Westside Barbell Podcast!

 

This episode Louie and Tom delve into General Physical Preparation (G.P.P), how to raise work capacity in the correct areas, and the importance of recording the correct volume. 

 

Hope you enjoy,

 

Westside Barbell

 

Today's Guests

Anthony Oliveria - Westside Powerlifter

Travis Schafer - Westside Powerlifter

Jul 24, 2018
Episode 30 - Low Back Pain Syndrome
27:32

Louie, Tom, and John are finally back with a bite-sized podcast on the importance of having a strong lower back. Podcast guest today is Westside Barbell lifter, Travis Schafer.

Jun 20, 2018
Episode 29 - The Rule Of Three
01:19:52

In this podcast, Louie Simmons, John Quint, Trent Murphy (Washington Redskins) and Tom Barry talk about the paths they took to arrive at their chosen profession. The role of a stable G.P.P base for young athletes is discussed in detail among other strength related topics.

The sound of this podcast is not the best, so we apologize in advance. It is now fixed for all future podcasts.

 

Tom

Mar 12, 2018
Episode 28 - Conjugate Periodization
01:33:32

In this episode, we are joined by John Quint, Travis, JJ and Josh from Strong8. The topics discussed are conjugate periodization, the Westside system for baseball, isometrics and lots more,

Hope you enjoy,

Tom

Dec 24, 2017
Episode 27 - Strong8 and IFBB Pro Seth Shaw
01:39:49

In this episode Louie Simmons and Tom Barry are joined by JJ Morris and Josh Wade from Strong Eight along with IFBB Pro Seth Shaw and Westside's John Quint. In this episode we have two diverse demographics explaining how they have used the methods of Westside Barbell and the conjugate system into their given sports. From Baseball to Bodybuilding this episode is jammed packed full of information. 

Strong Eight are a Westside Barbell Certified gym and our go to source of how to utilize the conjugate system for Baseball athletes

http://strongeight.com/

 

Seth Shaw is an IFBB Pro who along with Westside’s John Quint have mastered the conjugate system for Bodybuilding.

https://www.sethshawfitness.com/home-nueva/

 

I hope you enjoy this episode,

 

Tom

 

Sep 25, 2017
Episode 26 - Bobby Maximus (Gym Jones)
01:03:57

In this podcast Bobby Maximus gives his thoughts, philosophies and insights on training. Bobby also describes what it is like to train at Westside Barbell, and lots more!

 

Check it out!

Aug 28, 2017
Episode 25 - Athletic Float Restoration
58:07

In this episode Tom talks with Pat Gerke from True Rest Columbus and John Quint on the benefits of floatation restoration for athletes,

 

We hope you enjoy this episode,

Jul 14, 2017
Episode 24 - The 40 Yard Dash
01:27:00

In this episode Louie Simmons along with visiting coaches break down the 40 yard dash and explain in detail how they have used the conjugate system™ to decrease the average sprint times of their respective athletes.

 

This is a must listen,

 

Tom

Jun 24, 2017
Episode 23 - Training outside the groove
01:11:03

In our new podcast studio Tom Barry records a test podcast with John Quint. The topic being discussed is the importance of training in new ranges of motion and how it will reduce the risk of injury.

Hope you enjoy,

Tom

Jun 19, 2017
Episode 22 - The Weaknesses of a Weightlifter
01:29:25

In this podcast Louie Simmons evaluates the strength of a weightlifter that just came and trained at Westside Barbell.

Warning Louie's findings may surprise you.

 

Stay Strong

 

Tom

 

Check Out Louie's New Book here!

Apr 24, 2017
Episode 21 - Louie Simmons reveals how he overcame his injuries to succeed
01:32:18

In this podcast Louie Simmons reveals in detail how he rehabbed from multiple career ending injuries to become stronger than ever.

Today Louie is joined by John Quint who provides a more detailed physiological breakdown of how these injuries occurred and how the Reverse Hyper™, Inverse Curl™ and Athletic Training Platform™ play a crucial role in the recover process.

 

Stay Strong

 

Tom

Jan 04, 2017
Episode 20 - Weightlifting Progress
01:19:02

In this podcast Louie updates our listeners on some of the modifications and success stories lifters are having by utilizing some of his strength training concepts.

  I hope you enjoy it,     Tom
Nov 21, 2016
Episode 19 - Wes McCormick
01:15:55

In this podcast Louie discusses the success and training behind World Record holder Wes McCormick.

Nov 04, 2016
Episode 18 - The Static Dynamic Developer and Daniel Di Pasqua Melbourne Storm Head Strength Coach
01:12:28

This podcast begins with Louie Simmons breaking down in great detail his latest patented invention The Static Dynamic Developer. It covers its concept, how it works, sets and reps, and the difference is special strengths and why they need to built. We then move on to a rather in-depth training discussion with Dan Di Pasqua of the Melbourne Storm and how he has utilized the Westside Barbell system to great effect within his strength program.

I hope you enjoy,

 

-Tom
Oct 19, 2016
Episode 17 - Travis Mash Interviews Louie Simmons
01:07:14
This is the very successful podcast recorded by Travis Mash while he interviews Louie Simmons Hope you enjoy, -Tom
Sep 13, 2016
Episode 16 - Westside on Weightlifting
01:09:31

This episode was recorded after the very successful podcast recorded by Travis Mash on Olympic Lifting. Louie had a few more areas he wanted to discuss in deeper detail and hence this podcast.

Hope You Enjoy,

 

Tom
Sep 08, 2016
Episode 15 - The Top 50 Most Asked Questions Answered !
01:31:28

In this episode Louie Simmons answers in detail the top 50 most asked questions by you!

Hope You Enjoy,

 

Tom
Jul 25, 2016
Episode 14- The Force Posture Strength Curve
01:32:27

Within this episode Louie Simmons, John Quint and Chris Marrang explain the importance of understanding the force posture curve and why partial ranges of movement are sometime beneficial for training,

I hope you enjoy,

Tom 
Jun 20, 2016
Episode 13- The Deadlift
01:27:47
In this podcast Louie Simmons, Tom Barry, John Quint, and Chris Marrang talk about how to program to increase your deadlift and how to implement special exercises to make your lower back indestructible,  

 

Hope You Enjoy,

 

Tom
Jun 10, 2016
Episode 12- The Origin Of The Conjugate System
01:24:40

In this episode Louie talks in depth about the true Conjugate System of training and where it came from. He also elaborates upon how he cross-referenced multiple authors to utilize the system of training Westside Barbell executes. Louie also answers questions that were asked during the live stream to help simply some of the topics talked about,

Hope You Enjoy,

 

Tom
Jun 01, 2016
Episode 11- Maximal Effort and Dynamic Effort Methods for the upper body
01:29:17
Maximal Effort and Dynamic Effort Methods for the Upper Body In our second live recorded podcast Louie Simmons and Tom Barry discuss the Maximal Effort and Dynamic Effort Methods for the upper body. This includes what volume, intensity, to use and how to select the correct exercises to build strength. 
May 24, 2016
Episode 10- Maximal Effort and Dynamic Effort Methods for the lower body
01:44:39
Louie Simmons and Tom Barry discuss the Maximal Effort and Dynamic Effort Methods for the lower body. This includes what volume, intensity, to use and how to select the correct exercises to build strength. Louie also speaks on raw lifting and why Westside Barbell uses gear. Hope you enjoy, Tom
May 11, 2016
Episode 9- Westside Barbell Training Partners
01:55:45
In this episode Louie Simmons breaks down all the training partners he has had along the different generations of Westside lifters. In this podcast you will get a very detailed and personal insight into what role good training partners play upon your success, I hope you enjoy, -Tom 
Mar 10, 2016
Episode 8- The Importance Of Monitoring Volume and Intensity in Training
54:56
In this episode Louie goes in to great detail on Training Volume and how to calculated it optimally for maximal results. Louie also discuses the importance of rotating volumes and utilizing correct training intensities, I hope you enjoy this episode, Tom
Feb 18, 2016
Episode 7-The 5 Phases Of Sprinting
01:30:01
Within this podcast Louie discuses each individual phase of the sprint, how to increase a fast rate of force development, sports specific mass and correct exercise selection amongst the vast array of topics covered today. Joining us today is our Intern Falvio and our resident A.R.T and N.M.T Guru John Quint, If you are a sprinter, track coach or athlete this podcast is a must listen, I Hope you enjoy, Tom
Jan 28, 2016
Episode 6-How would Westside Barbell Train an Olympic Weightlifter
01:10:34
Episode 6-How would Westside Barbell Train an Olympic Weightlifter In todays podcast I pose Louie the question on how Westside Barbell would train an Olympic Weightlifter along with our current intern Flavio. It may not be known to most people but Louie Simmons began competing in Olympic Weightlifting before he moved to powerlifting and it is still one of the sports he loves to watch and follow. Louie also explains why he was compelled to write a new book on how to train an Olympic Weightlifter optimally and provides his thoughts on the current condition of American weightlifting.  This is our most in-depth and personal podcasts to date! I hope you enjoy, Tom
Jan 16, 2016
Episode 5-Deadlift For Sprinting
46:40
The Deadlift is such an important exercise for sprinting yet some coaches avoid implementing them for maximum effort movements and others think they are too dangerous to use. In this podcast Louie Simmons with Tom Barry and Brian Silfies get to the bottom of this and explain why,how and where to implement the deadlift to decrease sprinting times.
Jan 07, 2016
Episode 4-Facts and Fallacies of Strength Training For Sprinting
01:05:14
I this episode Louie Simmons provides in-depth insight on on 40 yards sprint training, sprinting for track and field, implementing jumping and its volume, strength training to run faster, injury prevention, and lots lots more. This is a must for any coach or athlete to listen to!
Dec 17, 2015
Episode 3-A Review of Resistance Bands In Academia and Strength Training
33:34
In todays bitesized podcast Louie Simmons and Tom Barry were inspired by a publicized study on resistance bands to discuss even further about correct use of resistance bands in training, the correct percentages to use, fallacies of some studies and lots lots more. Hope you enjoy.
Dec 14, 2015
Episode 2-Hamstring and Knee Injury Prevention
01:03:55
In this Episode Louie Simmons, Tom Barry and John Quint discuss in great detail the role of hamstrings in all sports. Why there is such a high rate of hamstring and knee injury and what can be done to prevent injury or how to greatly reduce the chance of an injury occurring. Hope you enjoy, Westside Barbell 
Nov 03, 2015
Episode 1-Eccentrics
01:00:15
In our first podcast Louie Simmons Owner and Founder of the World famous Gym Westside Barbell along side John Quint (Neuromuscular therapist and Active Release Technique provider) and Tom Barry (BA Exercise and Health Science and Westside Barbell Special Strengths Certified Coach) discuss Eccentrics and the role they play in athletic training.  Hope you enjoy
Oct 22, 2015