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Board Press – A History and Practical Application

The board press is a popular exercise that has been used for over 50 years to improve bench press performance. Originally used by the Culver City Westside crew– the board press was re-introduced to the strength seeking world by Louie Simmons’ Columbus Ohio Westside Barbell in the early 1990s. Louie’s articles described how his lifters …

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Become a Powerlifter With The Help Of My 40 Years Training Experience

My journey in powerlifting and strength sports, what I would do differently and what I would not change. 2022 marks the 36th anniversary of my first powerlifting contest, when a non sanctioned meet was contested at the YMCA I trained at in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. I always wanted to be a big and strong person …

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Westside Barbell’s Best Bench Pressers of the 1990s and 2000s

When I started following Westside Barbell in 1993, they released a bench press secrets tape on which Louie said their best bench was Matt Dimmel’s 575lb effort. Beginning in 1994, Louie had monthly articles in Powerlifting USA Magazine and many of them described how Westside Barbell trained their bench pressers. One of the earliest articles …

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The Louie Simmons I know

I first read about Louie Simmons in 1987 in Powerlifting USA Magazine. Louie wrote a series of articles in the late 1980s which I read but did not really understand. I did not apply any of the concepts that Louie discussed and I trained in the traditional progressive overload method that was popular at that …

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Floor Press – Its History and IMPLEMENTATION

My personal history regarding the floor press began when I read about it in Louie Simmons early 1990s articles. A 1995 article by Louie published in the strength journal Milo, gives credit to Powerlifting legend Jesse Kellum for reminding Louie of how beneficial this exercise is for upper body strength gains. I have no doubt, …

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GPP training- its origins and implementation

General Physical Preparedness, or GPP, was a term I first learned while reading articles written by Louie Simmons in 1995 in Powerlifting USA and Milo magazines. Louie Simmons has justifiably been called The Godfather of Powerlifting as well as the Mad Monk of the sport. Based in Columbus Ohio his entire life, Louie lifted National …

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Powerlifting and strength sports – it is all in your mind!

There is a famous clip of Arnold Schwarzenegger talking about how all success in serious strength training all starts in the mind. As a lifter lucky enough to have started out with numerous news stand publications which catered to serious bodybuilders and powerlifters. Numerous bodybuilding magazines, specifically Flex and Muscle and Fitness had articles by …

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Powerlifting Gyms and Clubs – A History of Where Many Strength Legends Began

When I began Powerlifting, I was gifted with a complete collection of Powerlifting USA Magazines, which began publication in 1977. Fortunately for me, many of the authors for the magazine, such as Dr. Ken Leistner, Marty Gallagher, Mike Lambert, Ron Fernando and Louie Simmons had a strong sense of the history of the sport and …

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Best Arm Workouts in the History of Pumping Iron (1900–1970)

The Mr. America contest was a prestigious competition judged by experts. Back in the day, it was not the most freakishly muscular who took the trophy straight home. It was the individual with the greatest muscle symmetry, balance, harmony, and posing routine, who deserved to be called “Mr. America.” The judges were well-educated and possessed …

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