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2016 Articles

  • Your body is NOT a bank account!

    Posted on December 27 2016

    The human body is an adaptable complex system comprised of biological tissues. Biological tissues are stress responsive tissues which have the capacity to self organize and self repair. For example,...

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  • Raw Benching in 2016

    Posted on November 21 2016

    Raw Bench Pressing             Westside lifts in mostly gear meets. There is a lot to learn on how to use a bench shirt, but you must also raise your raw...

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  • OLYMPIC LIFTING DEBACLE

    Posted on October 13 2016

    It was good to read Ed Bakers and John Coffee’s commentary on my “debacle”. I am referring to my new book Olympic Lifting Strength Manual. My interpretation of building special...

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  • CHUCK V

    Posted on October 13 2016

    Chuck V came to our Westside garage around 1983. He was just a kid and Kenny Ried sent him over to watch us train. I could tell he was an intense...

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  • LARRY PACIFICO

    Posted on October 13 2016

    It’s 2016 and this year marks the end of my first 50 years in powerlifting. I have seen a lot in 50 years as powerlifting has introduced me to all...

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  • STRENGTH TRAINING FOR WEIGHTLIFTING

    Posted on October 13 2016

    Hello Westside Fans. This article is for our Olympic Weightlifting enthusiast. It is a sample of a 3 week pendulum wave for the squat, snatch and clean & jerk. This...

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  • THE JERK

    Posted on October 13 2016

    When training the jerk different means must be used to maximize the effectiveness of execution. Several special exercises are recommended to increase the correct execution of the “thrust” phase of...

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  • OLYMPIC LIFTING DEBACLE

    Posted on October 13 2016

    It was good to read Ed Bakers and John Coffee’s commentary on my “debacle”. I am referring to my new book Olympic Lifting Strength Manual. My interpretation of building special...

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  • Keys To Raise The Clean

    Posted on September 27 2016

    Keys to raise the clean It is impossible to use only classic lifts all the time to improve your clean. Do not train the clean and snatch in the same...

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  • THE KING OF IRELAND

    Posted on September 27 2016

    Gerry McNamara can claim the title for his long career. He started at 16-years-old at the 52 kg class lifting raw. He placed 12th at the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF)...

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  • WESTSIDE FOR CROSSFIT

    Posted on June 06 2016

    General Endurance A Crossfit athlete must have all special strength’s. Explosive strength for jumping, speed strength for the Olympic lifts strength speed for the deadlifts. Most important though is general...

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  • The Conjugate System 2016

    Posted on June 06 2016

    I have been asked many times what made me write a strength book about Olympic weight lifting. It has been pointed out to me that I have been a powerlifter...

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  • Dear John Coffee

    Posted on June 06 2016

    Dear John: It is always great to hear from you, and especially to hear your views on the Westside Strength Manual for Olympic Weight Lifting. But I did not write...

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