2015 Articles

ISOMETRIC TRAINING
Oct 13

ISOMETRIC TRAINING

Posted by Tom Barry on

In the 1960’s Isometric Training became the rage. Bob Hoffman was making an Isometric power rack at his York Barbell company. It was made very narrow, about 10 inches between up rights with 2 sets of strong safety pins. The bar would rest on the bottom pin then pull or push the bar upward to contact the second pin and hold for 3-6 seconds per set for several sets at about three positions for pressing and up to six positions for squatting and pulling. Remember this, application was for the Olympic lifts and not until 1972 was the press eliminated...

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WESTSIDE RAW
Oct 13

WESTSIDE RAW

Posted by Tom Barry on

Many ask, how does Westside train for a raw contest? The answer is simple, the same. Remember our system is based on physics, mathematics, and bio mechanics. The author trained ten years without a squat suit and fourteen years without a bench shirt. Yet, I was top ten with and without gear and you can be too. Myths Most raw lifters use old fashion methods. One is western periodization, where one starts out with high reps (ex. 10 reps) and as the cycle goes week by week the reps become less and less until you are doing 1-3 reps a...

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SHOCK METHODS
Oct 13

SHOCK METHODS

Posted by Tom Barry on

Plyometrics, commonly used by Westsiders to develop explosive and absolute strength, were invented by Dr. Verkhoshansky. However, Verkhoshansky used the term, “shock training.” Shock training covered many forms of training with resistance. Before one begins to do depth jumps, the athlete must have a high level of strength and a high degree of G.P.P. (general physical preparedness). For well-conditioned athletes, 4 sets of 10 jumps are optimal, while 3 sets of 8 jumps are better for a less conditioned athlete. To build explosive power, a drop of 30″ to 36″ works best. The amortization phase is short (.2 of a...

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WESTSIDE BARBELL 1970- TOM PAULUCCI
Oct 13

WESTSIDE BARBELL 1970- TOM PAULUCCI

Posted by Tom Barry on

Before Tom came to train with Westside in 1974, he was an outstanding track and field athlete, starting at Buffalo University. Tom held the shot put record in 1973 at Buffalo. He also finished first in the shot put at the Eastern Michigan Invitational in 1972. Tom also had the opportunity to play pro baseball, but instead chose to train at Westside and achieve a PhD after receiving his Masters in Psychology, as well as a Law Degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He became a member of the American Psychological Association on The Ohio State Board. Tom came...

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WHO MADE WESTISDE IN THE 90 ‘S?
Oct 13

WHO MADE WESTISDE IN THE 90 ‘S?

Posted by Tom Barry on

A lot happened from 1991-2000 at Westside. I almost died in 1991. I ruptured my patella tendon during a low box squat. I am very sensitive to anesthesia, and the doctor knew this, but somehow after giving me a shot to calm me down for surgery, I fell asleep and they gave me anesthesia. I stopped breathing for four minutes and had to be trached as well as given chest tubes. This was a setback, to say the least. I woke up three days later and spent another four days afterwards in the hospital. I was 43 in ’91 and...

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WHO BUILT WESTSIDE BARBELL? PART II – THE 1980’S
Oct 13

WHO BUILT WESTSIDE BARBELL? PART II – THE 1980’S

Posted by Tom Barry on

In January, the garage team went to the YMCA nationals and won the team title. I won the 220 class with a 1,950 total (the 3rd best at that time). I was recovering from a complete tear of the right bicep when I made a 733 squat, 462 bench, and bombed with a 672 pull. Then in West Virginia I made 765, 480, and 705. The 480 was my first top 10 bench and the squat was 17lbs off the world record by the late great Chip McCain. As usual it was a great day but at the same time...

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