July 2017 Articles

The Stretch Reflex
Jul 27

The Stretch Reflex

Posted by Louie Simmons

Dave Yarnell wrote a great tribute to the Culver City Westside Barbell club and its connections with the Columbus, Ohio, Westside club. There is, of course, a lot about box squatting. We feel there is only one method to box squat, but many have these less effective methods. On the subject of the stretch reflex, however, someone said that the stretch reflex does not last four seconds as a study by Wilson (1990) states. I wrote a study with the use of a tendo unit on both eccentric and concentric phases. With all top ten lifters including two world-record holders....

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The Seated Deadlift
Jul 17

The Seated Deadlift

Posted by Louie Simmons

When executing a sumo deadlift most beginners will start the pull by not pushing the feet and knees out to the side, causing your hips to come up much too fast. But now there is a drill to prevent this. It is called the seated deadlift. How do you execute a seated deadlift? First, pick a chair or box to sit on about the height where your hips are when starting the bar off the floor. Next, while sitting on the box, place your feet in the same position as your normal start. Then, push your feet forward so the...

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Sumo Deadlift
Jul 17

Sumo Deadlift

Posted by Louie Simmons

In the 1970s the sumo deadlift was a rarity. A lifter from Indiana called Carlos Luper was very good making 650 pounds with no gear. The great Japanese lifter Inaba used a close stance sumo where he started his pull with arms between his legs, but finished with his arms outside of his legs. Our Mike Rogerio of Westside was a 300-pound super heavy weight and used the same close stance with hands outside the knees. All sports training starts with the basic lifts of Olympic and powerlifting. Why use it for sports? It is much safer on the low...

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