2002 Articles

Oct 18

VISITORS TO WESTSIDE

Posted by Doris Simmons

At Westside Barbell we have a steady Invasion of visitors. Recently people have come from Brazil , North-west Territory (Canada), and South Africa and from all across the United States . Most lifters to have made a trip here found it was worth the effort. Mike Hill came here from West Virginia with a 1450 total in the 220 class. In less than 3 years he has done 1855 in the same class. How? By working on his technique and discov-ering his weaknesses. His training partner, Chris Young, a 242, was doing 1740 when he came here with Mike. In...

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Oct 18

BACK AND AB TRAINING

Posted by Doris Simmons

When squatting or deadlifting, a successful lift is dependent on keeping your back in good position. This takes a strong back as well as strong abs. At Westside, we do max effort work for squatting and deadlifting on the same day, Monday. The same muscles work in these two lifts. It saves energy to lump together the special exercises that contribute to both lifts. Let’s first talk about the spinal erectors and how to develop them. Good mornings are done 40% of the time. This means 4 out of 10 Mondays. Any variation can be done. Work up to a...

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Oct 18

THE IMPORTANCE OF VOLUME

Posted by Doris Simmons

How important is controlling volume? What about the range of intensity. These are issues seldom addressed by today’s lifters. I found out the hard way that the volume at a particular intensity range must be closely adhered to; not only the total number of lifts, but also the number of lifts per set should be calculated. This was brought to my attention by A. S. Prilepin’s research in 1974. His recommendations were as follow. Percent # of Reps #Lifts Per Workout Optimal # per Workout 70% 3-5 12-24 18 80% 2-4 10-20 15 90% 1-2 4-10 7 If the number...

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Oct 18

TRAINING EQUIPMENT: NEVER LOOKING BACK

Posted by Doris Simmons

I made the Top 10 in the United States in 1972 in Powerlifting News. At that time, they kept track only of the Top 10 and this was with no equipment. In 1973 I made a 1655 total at 181, again with no gear: a 605 squat, a 380 bench, and a 670 deadlift. At the time, 1605 was Elite, but it was later adjusted to 1643. In 1980 at the YMCA Nationals, I made the Top 10 in the bench press with a 480. This was done with no bench shirt. Then with the introduction of power gear, from...

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Oct 18

The Tendo Unit

Posted by Doris Simmons

Have you ever wondered how you measure up to other athletes or lifters? Are you quick with light loads? What about heavy loads? How explosive are you when jumping or bounding? These are just a few very important questions that need to be addressed. Let’s look at a device that can do just that. It’s the Tendo velocity measuring device. It measures the speed of a lift in meters per second or the actual wattage produced by an athlete. For sprinting you can determine the quickness of the athlete. Quickness is the ability to perform high-speed movements with no significant...

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