Coaches & Ambassadors

Posted by Tom Barry

Founder - Head Coach

Louie Simmons

Louie Simmons is a world renowned Strength/Special Strengths coach and the founder of Westside Barbell. He is in the gym every day watching and analyzing all athletic training from all his powerlifters to track and field. Westside Barbell is a living laboratory for Louie where he can undergo constant athletic experiments in order to push the boundaries of what is possible.  He also has 24 athletes who deadlift over 800 pounds and 3 who deadlift over 900lbs. 15 members who have a total lifting record over 2500 pounds and 7 over 2600 pound total. Westside Barbell is the only gym in the world to have 2 over 2700 pound totals, plus 5 over 2800 pounds and 1 who has the biggest total of all time with 3005lbs.

He has also had an athlete produce a box jump of 63.5 inches which is still the current Westside Barbell gym record. All of these athletes train within Westside Barbell. Louie has published over 300 training articles, authored 3 books and produced 10 highly respected training videos. Louie Simmons is also the inventor of the Reverse Hyper® machine, Inverse Curl machine, Hip/Quad machine, Static/Dynamic developer and the Virtual Force Swing.

He has been a strength consultant for the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and numerous college football teams. Louie has worked closely with Kent Johnson, Johnny Parker and Buddy Morris and a host of other professional and top level strength coaches. Additionally, he has trained 2 Olympic gold medal sprinters, Butch Reynolds and Moe Robinson, both 400-meter sprinters. 

Master Strength Coaches

What is a Master Westside Barbell Strength Coach

A master Westside Barbell strength coach is someone who has spent at least seven years learning, implementing,  and training at Westside Barbell under Louie Simmons. They have passed all levels of Westside Certificates, they have implemented the Westside Barbell System with their own athletes to huge success, and are in constant communication with Louie and the gym. These are the only people outside of Louie Simmons that can present seminars on behalf of Louie Simmons® on how Westside Barbell implements the Conjugate Method™ to train a wide variety of athletes. 

Tom Barry 

General Manager and Louie's right-hand man.

Tom Barry was born and bred in Kilkenny, Ireland, where he obtained his degree in Exercise and Health Studies from Waterford Institute of Technology. Over 7 years ago, Tom had the opportunity to study under Louie. 

A two month internship turned into a full time position at Westside Barbell HQ, where he has now acquired the esteemed position of General Manager for Louie's business.

Tom is still heavily immersed in his special strength mentorship under Louie Simmons and takes an active role in coaching all combat sports athletes that train at Westside Barbell in addition to aiding Louie with his athletes and their training. He also travels across the world presenting seminars on how to use the Westside system for athletes.

Shane Sweatt

Shane is CrossFit level 1 certified, Westside Barbell certified, and an ISSA certified personal trainer with over 15 years of personal training experience working with people young and old, and of all fitness levels. Shane has been teaching the CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer Course for three years. At these Certification Courses, he teaches programing and technique, teaching the world famous Westside Barbell training system. After being inspired by the many amazing people he has met in CrossFit, Shane decided to open CrossFit Conjugate. 

He opened CrossFit Conjugate to help evolve and improve the community of CrossFit. Shane has also written many articles for the CrossFit Journal. He also currently owns Sweatt Shop Personal Training, which has been in business for five years and has produced incredible results with his athletes and weekend warriors alike.

 

Laura Phelps

In the Powerlifting community, Laura Phelps holds the title of “Strongest Equipped Female Powerlifter of All-Time”, having broken 45 World Records in her 10 year career. She currently holds 8 All-Time World Records and is the only female Powerlifter to hold World Records in 4 weight classes. 

She has continued her legacy by coaching other Powerlifters, some also to All-Time world records. 

Laura is a member of Westside Barbell and is Westside Certified. She continues to train and coach others using the proven Westside Conjugate System.

Expert Strength Coaches 

The below people are a select few who have trained/train at Westside Barbell, work closely with Louie and the inner circle of master strength coaches and athletes. They live 100% by the code of Westside Barbell. 

Jason Gusic

Jason is a pivotal member on the Westside Barbell seminar team. He plays a crucial role within our client equipment educational relations and is in charge of our Westside Barbell Tactical™ division.

Sakari Selkäinaho

Sakari is a long time friend of Louie and a highly accomplished strength coach. He is our European liaison for education distribution and trusted resource for the latest strength related information.

Joe Lasko

We have a bio and more Info Coming soon.

Gerry McNamara

Gerry is a multiple world record holder powerlifter and long time friend of Louie and Westside. 

Marcus Marinelli

Marcus is the founder of Strong Style MMA and is part of the Westside Barbell alumni having trained there for over 10 years. 

Rob Pilger 

Rob is the owner of Old Skool boxing and still currently trains at Westside Barbell.  

Contributing Team  

The below people are those who frequently train at Westside Barbell , provided valuable content, research and knowledge to our website, and work with a number of our athletes. 


John Quint
Neuromuscular Therapist,Functional Range (FR) Release, FRCms, FRC and FRA Assistant Instructor,Bodybuilder

Rob Golabek
More Info Coming soon.

JJ Morris

JJ is the Director of Performance and Founder of S8, a WESTSIDE Conjugate Based Performance & Research Facility specializing in baseball and softball in South West Fl.

Travis Clark
Pro Fighter ,Owner of Terror Inc. Co-owner of TeamTerror Fitness.


Westside Barbell Ambassadors

What is a Westside Barbell Ambassador? 

The below gyms and individuals training is influenced by Westside Barbell. So much so, that this is the foundation of which they build their athletes upon. They promote Louie, our company, ethos, and finally our education everywhere they go. 

Old School Gym

Oasis of PRACTICAL knowledge, FUNCTIONAL training, and HARDCORE experience. 

Idol Maker 

 Motivation, focus, determination, and strength are words best to describe Idolmaker Physique and Performance.  

Explosive Mechanics

Explosive Mechanics opened in 2008 with a vision of training athletes and getting RESULTS.  Athletes come to Explosive Mechanics to get Stronger, Faster, and more Explosive.

AdvantEdge
We are dedicated to helping athletes improve regardless of ages, sport, or ability. 

Coach Pete
Speed Training/USAW Sports Performance Coach

Old School Iron Gym

Clevelands premier strength training facility!

CSP Gym
Complete Strength & Performance is a premier training facility and one of the foremost health and performance centers in Ireland.

Jungle Boys Training
Jungle Boys Training offers private personal training, public boot camps and a real hardcore #1 gym in VA 

Davis Training Systems

Healthier. Stronger. Faster.

Ultimate Advantage

Building Better Athletes- Middletown, New YorK Rick Scarpulla Head Coach Westside Barbell  Certified,  Certified Nike/SPARQ Coach

Skibas Gym
At Skiba's Gym we offer powerlifting coaching and instruction for men, women, and young athletes with the desire to train with the best.

Showtime Strength & Performance
Showtime Strength & Performance in Newark, Ohio. We train athletes to perform at the highest level possible.

Want to be a Westside Barbell Ambassador?

Step1

Successfully complete and pass the Special Strengths Certificate !

Step 2

Make the pilgrimage to Westside Barbell to train. Develop a working relationship with Westside Barbell and update your facility with key Westside Barbell equipment. 

Step 3

After a period of time you can submit your application here. You must submit data, videos, and results showing the results you have achieved while using your version of the Westside system with your athletes.  


Special Strength Certificate Holders 

What is a Special Strength Coach? 

There are only 2 methods of training being used today. Regardless of what you currently believe or have been taught, there are only 2 methods. Everything else is basically well marketed and highly lucrative smoke and mirrors. The methods are simple and they are training Athletes Correctly or Training Athletes Incorrectly. By undertaking the Westside Special Strength Certificate you are equipping yourself with the correct theoretical and practical training methodology that optimizes athletic performance regardless of sporting background. This is the best strength and special strength training method in the world. At Westside we stand by what we say. We have the results to back up what we preach. Everything that is being taught in this certification is backed up by peer-reviewed research and by athletic results. No Other Strength or Special Strength Certificate can Say The Same!

The Process To Becoming A Conjugate Strength Coach

STEP 1

Sign up to our home study special strength certificate exam.

STEP 2

Spend at least six months meticulously going through all the study material provided.

STEP 3

Take the four hour exam which consists of small essay style, multiple choice, and fill in the blank questions.

STEP 4

Wait 30 days for your results to be sent via email, then upon successful completion your certificate will be mailed out to you via USPS.


List of certified coaches (Updating In Progress)

The below individuals have successfully passed the special strength certificate and are deemed to have sufficient knowledge in Special Strength Development and are hereby accredited by Westside Barbell.

Name

Exam Identification number

Tom Barry

101000

Adam Clinton

102000

Adam Dobrez

103000

Alan Sherry

104000

Anders

105000

Andrew Nordhagen

106000

Andy Partin

107000

Andy Partin

108000

Andy Tsang

109000

Andy Vale

110000

Antonio squillante

111000

Ashley John Roberts

112000

Barry Meadows

113000

Ben Stocks

114000

Bianca Stone

115000

Billy Oxendine

116000

Blake Hoopes

117000

Blake Hoopes

118000

Brad Dayman

119000

Brandon Johnson

120000

Brenden Baker

121000

Bret Carter

122000

Brett Holland

123000

Brian Frasure

124000

Brian Kirkendall

125000

Brian McFadden

126000

Brian Nix

127000

Brian Reed

128000

Brian Silfies

129000

Bruce Mendoza

130000

Bryan Stegehuis

131000

Cassandra Baier

132000

Cate DeSutter

133000

Chris Kelly

134000

Christer Dehlin

135000

Christopher Ryan

136000

Claude Mumpower

137000

Cory Gregory

138000

Daniel McKee

139000

Danny Blankenship

140000

Darren Fabris

141000

David Black

142000

David Walbright

143000

Dean Hansen

144000

Dustin Branchaeu

145000

Ed Mucha

146000

Edwin Knoblock

147000

Eirik Sandvik

148000

Eloy Rodriguez

149000

Evan Griffiths

150000

Evan Sydman

151000

fahad saeed alsuwaidi

152000

Felix Guerin

153000

Flavio Di Giorgio

154000

Grant Koch

155000

Henri Skiba

156000

Jake Basher

157000

Jake Duckworth

158000

James Burk

159000

Jared Bidne

160000

Jason Gusic

161000

Jean Fry

162000

Jeff Vidmar

163000

Jeffrey Moyer

164000

Jeremiah Alford

165000

Jeremy Shreck

166000

Jim Molony

167000

Jim O'Connell

168000

Jim Romero

169000

Jim Smith

170000

Joe Dubyk

171000

Joey Carrier

172000

John Impallomeni

173000

John Saylor

174000

John Welbourn

175000

Jon Davis

176000

Jordon Bowen

177000

Jordon Syatt

178000

Joseph Matthew Cady

179000

Joseph Percia

180000

Justin Tooley

181000

Katheryn Gallagher

182000

Kenny Hamilton

183000

Kevin Kroger

184000

Kevin Long

185000

Kevin McTaggart

186000

Kim Colle

187000

Laura Phelps-Sweatt

188000

Lauren Harris

189000

Lisa Dugan

190000

Louis-Alexis Gratton

191000

Luke Edwards

192000

Marc Braker

193000

Mark Bell

194000

Mark Rogers

195000

Matias Bussi

196000

Matt Sharkey

197000

Matthew Plante-Villeneuve

198000

Michael Evon

199000

Michael Jurelewicz

200000

Michael Veras

201000

Michael Warren

202000

Michael Zanini

203000

Mike Bernardy

204000

Mike Hedlesky

205000

Noah Yurchisin

206000

Olivia Davis

207000

Parker Craig

208000

Paul Childress

209000

Peter Montpelier

210000

Peter Sunden

211000

Phil Richards

212000

Philippe Leduc

213000

Rick Scarpulla

214000

Rob Golabek

215000

Rob Pilger

216000

Robert Masson

217000

Robert Mitchell

218000

Robin Dacosta

219000

Robin sowden-taylor

220000

Robin Tomas da Costa

221000

Russell Edwards

222000

Russell Smith

223000

Ryan Mcconnell

224000

Sakari Selkainaho

225000

Sal Alosi

226000

Scott Acosta

227000

Scott Emerson

228000

Scott Wells

229000

Sean Farrell

230000

Shane Sweatt

231000

Shane Whittal

232000

Sherrie Ramsey

233000

Stefan Waltersson

234000

Steven Woods

                                                                                     235000

TJ Slomka 

                                                                                236000

Michael J Meyers

Brain Landers 237000

Eric Story 238000

Rheta West 

Lisa Macdonald

Gregory Jaeger

Connor Karwowski

Chris Shimana

Kelly Wise

Jake Eustrom

Josh Waterman

Travis Avery

Treston Daniels

Robert Ortega

James Flannery

Scott Salwasser

John Rooney

Jason Brown

Kevin Malahy

Josh Mcmillian

Rhuss Wotherspoon

Matther Nicholson

R. Joseph Healy

Ramy Saleh

Tyson Larone

Sanjay Soekhoe

Adam Lacobucci

Michael Crissinger

Robert Forell

Benjamin Church

Adrian Rampton

David Gladwell

Ron Daily

Zak Palek

Ty Woolner

Trevor Robinson

Larry Knapp

Sam Pattison

John Rudolf

Anthony Sandbothe

Trevor Robinson

Tyler Spiece

Christopher Marang

Robert Gannon




8 comments


  • Good morning 15years ago I injured my injured my back I was told to quit lifting by doctors. Louie called me personly after a text msg he gave me some excersies and i am still going strong. Thank You Louie.
    I have a question I am into grappling 59yrs old, and would like to stay strong.Some say body excesises some say weights?
    I do dips but my elbows and sholders hurt are they that benificial to my sport? Thank You, David

    David Wisniewski on
  • Tom can you add my name as well

    Eric Story on
  • Hi guys is there and index of westside certified athletic coaches such as my self

    Ryan on
  • Agree with above plus gym name as well.
    ( and can you update so the list includes me ?)
    Regards Dave.

    David Gladwell on
  • How long after passing the Special Strengths Certification until your name appears on this list? I passed a while ago and I am not seeing my name.

    Larry on

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