2004 Articles

Oct 18

ADVANCED SYSTEM FOR BEGINNERS

Posted by Doris Simmons on

I hear all the time that Westside training is for the advanced and that only top 10 lifters can do the training that is required at Westside. It is true that our training is advanced, but it is also great for beginners. Why start out wrong, or start with a program that will yield only small results? Our stats show that we have developed 62 Elite lifters. Many of those got their start at Westside and became world record holders, for example, Heath, Patterson, Fusner, Dimel, Halbert, Vogelpohl, and many women. It’s true we have many advanced methods–for all ages....

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Oct 18

TRAINING METHODS PART 1: SPEED DAY

Posted by Doris Simmons on

While recovering from my second lower back injury, for which doctors recommended removing two disks, taking off a bone spur, and fusing my vertebrae, with no guarantees, I decided that I had to take a new approach to lifting or disappear like everyone else who lifted in early 1970’s. I called Bud Chamiga in Michigan and asked for several of his books that were translated from Russian. These books contained an abundance of science combined special strength training. These materials helped me realize that lifting was a combination of biometrics, physics, and mathematics, not like I had previously thought. There...

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Oct 18

TRAINING METHODS PART 2: MAX EFFORT DAY

Posted by Doris Simmons on

In part 1 I wrote about the numerous methods that Westside uses on dynamic squat and bench day. Many methods are combined and rotated in the conjugate system. Combining the speed and max effort days, five elements of strength are trained: quickness, explosiveness, speed strength, strength speed, and absolute strength. This is much like a 5-speed transmission. We all know what happens if you miss a gear or take off in wrong gear. Your car doesn’t run very efficiently, and neither will you. At Westside we train with either very light weights or max weights. Very seldom do we use...

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Oct 18

THE BENCH PRESS SHIRT

Posted by Doris Simmons on

There’s always a lot of talk today about the bench shirt. In the beginning everyone welcomed it on the scene. Unfortunately, bench shirts provided only a small increase over one’s raw bench record. That was the 1980s. in the late 1990s, shirts became much stronger. As the shirts got better, the bench records started to move up little by little. Working with Inzer Advance Designs, Kenny Patterson helped refine the denim shirt. They developed the radical cut shirt. The records then started going up and up. Todd Brock had a 480 bench and was stuck. After wearing an Inzer radical...

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Oct 18

MORE ON THE CONJUGATE METHOD: THE PRINCIPLE OF VARIETY

Posted by Doris Simmons on

Training is not as simple as doing 5 sets of 5 reps or 5 sets of 10 reps or any combination of sets and reps. You must plan to obtain certain objectives. Increases in speed, explosive strength, absolute strength, and stamina are equally important. It has been known and discussed in Weightlifting for All Sports by Ajan and Baroga that a greater training result can be obtained over a greater length of time by using special exercises than by doing the classical lifts. Doing the same exercises repeatedly will rapidly decrease your coordination. There are many reasons for this. Our...

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Oct 18

AMY WEISBERGER

Posted by Doris Simmons on

Westside women have proven to be stronger as a group than those from any other gym. Six women have squatted or deadlifted more than 500 pounds. Mariah Liggett, the first woman at Westside, set many world records and won more world championships than any other woman. Other notable women from Westside are Doris Simmons, Laura Dodd, Sue Meany, Deb Sorenson, and Terry Byland. But only one has managed to become the strongest pound-for- pound woman to date – Amy Weisberger. Both Carrie Boudreau and Vanessa Gibson have totaled 1151 at 123 pounds. These totals are the only ones by females...

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