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Powerlifting legend Louie Simmons was recently interviewed by Joe Rogan. (If you aren’t a Rogan listener yet you should be. His podcast is one of the most interesting things on the internet)
If you’ve spent any time on T-Muscle or Elite FTS then you may know a little bit about Louie. If you haven’t then here’s what you need to know. Louie is a powerlifter and strength coach who operates out of his invitation only facility ‘Westside Barbell’ in Columbus, Ohio. He is responsible for developing the Westside system of training.
Westside style training is also referred to as conjugate training. It utilizes 3 distinct methods to train compound barbell exercises. Maximal effort exercises using heavy weights for low reps, submaximal weights lifted to failure, and light weights moved as fast as possible are performed to improve performance in the squat, bench, and deadlift. I’ve experimented with the system before, and can tell you that even without eating like a powerlifter the gains that I saw in both strength and size were very impressive. It’s a method that I go back to every time I come off an injury, because I know it will help me regain the mass and strength that I lost while I was laid up.
Louie has coached professional and college athletes, invented the reverse hyperextension machine, had his techniques featured in CrossFit certification courses, and has also been an incredibly successful powerlifter. He has squatted over 900-lbs, benched 600, and deadlifted over 700.
During their talk Simmons and Rogan discussed his training methods, anabolic steroids, injury prevention and recovery, the invention of the back hyper machine, mixed martial arts, the reason that Louie does a lot of triceps extensions but doesn’t do curls, and a lot more.
Do yourself a favor and check out the episode here: