Along with being one of the most accomplished powerlifters of all time, Westside’s late founder Louie Simmons (1947-2022) was perhaps even better known for his vast knowledge and innovative, scientific approach to strength training. In 2010, Simmons personally wrote the Squat & Deadlift Manual as a follow-up to his Book of Methods and Bench Press Manual. In it, he covers the dynamic training cycles done at Westside, with deep dives into many of the gym’s famed maximal effort workouts. Across 14 chapters, Louie also holds back no secrets when it comes to his views on technique, preparation, recovery, gear selection, loading + periodization, and eliminating weaknesses.
Simmons served as a strength consultant for several NFL teams and was the inventor of the Reverse Hyperextension Machine. His highly exclusive gym, Westside Barbell in Columbus, OH, has more than 100 World Records to its name.