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Westside Barbell- Sled Dragging 101
Dec 28

Westside Barbell- Sled Dragging 101

Posted by Aj Dobson on

Louie Simmons demonstrates how to correctly drag a sled.  

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Nov 20

How to Properly Squat

Posted by Chris Walden on

Most lifters would agree that the squat is the most important exercise in working out (it’s considered the King of Exercises). Squats are very productive because it works out almost every muscle group in the body, despite the common perception that it is just a leg workout. It is the most functional exercise you can do because whether you realize it or not, the squatting motion is very common in our everyday lives. It lends itself well to football strength and conditioning as well as explosive jumping. Because squatting builds a solid base in the form of your lower extremities,...

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Oct 18

A.J. ROBERTS

Posted by Doris Simmons on

A.J. has traveled a long journey to find his true home at Westside Barbell. He first came to the United States as a foreign exchange student in 2001, weighing in at a mere 170 pounds. In addition, he had never lifted weights before. He began lifting on a program based on Bigger, Faster, Stronger, a basic program that included box squats, benching, deadlifting, cleans, and incline presses. He graduated high school at 210 pounds with a 400-pound squat, a 205-pound bench, and a 540-pound deadlift. He really got into powerlifting in 2004, when he started training with Brent Mikesell, a...

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Oct 18

THE WESTSIDE BARBELL BELT SQUAT

Posted by Doris Simmons on

The Secret Weapon in Strength and Conditioning At Westside Barbell we are constantly asked what is the most effective and versatile piece of equipment used to train a fighter. The answer simply is the Westside Barbell Belt Squat™ Machine. Hands down this is the most effective device to strengthen and condition a fighter at the same time. It puts no load on the upper back or shoulders as the weight belt is pulling from the hips down which will actually traction out the spine and can help cure pelvic tilt. Time under tension is the key component of what gets...

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Oct 18

THE SQUAT WORKOUT

Posted by Doris Simmons on

When I write about training, I am reporting the results of our top lifters. So far, 16 have squatted over 800, six have squatted over 850, and one has done 1010, Matt Dimel. The system used is a mixture of the dynamic method and the maxi-mum effort method, greatly influenced by the conjugate method, which emphasizes the parts, not the whole. We always raise work capacity through special means consisting of a large array of exercises. The squat is trained with a barbell two times a week. Friday for speed work with a large training volume and with medium intensity...

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WESTSIDE FOR CROSSFIT
Oct 13

WESTSIDE FOR CROSSFIT

Posted by Doris Simmons on

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 endurance for simultaneous strength training. In many ways Crossfit is a form of circuit training but some exercises are for endurance. Many are explosive strength like jumping and many are very heavy like deadlifting or pulling a very heavy sled across a football field, to doing hand stand pushups. So both strength and endurance must be improved simultaneously as well as increasing oxygen consumption as well as your anaerobic metabolism...

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