There are a few people strongly associated with CrossFit and Louie Simmons is one of them. Read more about his influence on CrossFit and what he’s up to today.
Louie Simmons: The Powerlifting Guru
Louie Simmons is a famous strength coach and power lifter. He is also a popular owner of a private powerlifting gym. Compared to the other Crossfit icons like Ben Smith, Matt Fraser, Louie Simmons, and Rich Froning Jr., Simmons has stayed longer in the field. Indeed, this American powerlifting champ has been competing for more than five decades now.
Impressive Numbers at the CrossFit Games
Throughout these years he has become an achiever in CrossFit considering his 920-pound squat, 600-pound bench press, and 722-pound deadlift. These achievements are collectively known as Elite, which she acquired in different weight sessions over nearly 40 years. Also, Simmons’ students in powerlifting continue to allude to his styles as essential to their training.
Regularly Features in Powerlifting USA
To date, feature and biography writers are more interested in his achievements in terms of his inventions and training styles than the awards he received for the 50 years he’s been in the business. In fact, his articles about training techniques had been regularly featured in a prestigious magazine called Powerlifting USA.
Expert in Powerlifting
As an expert in powerlifting and famous for his training methods, Simmons owns a private gym in Ohio. This means, he trains students on a membership basis and this membership is only by this powerlifting guru. Athletes who enroll in his gym belong not just to the CrossFit field but other sports too, including combat sports, football, and track and field, among others.
Unique Powerlifting Method
With over five decades as a powerlifter, this American athlete is the very person behind the popular Westside Barbell method which he obviously derived from the Westside Barbell gym.
Use of Chains + Bands in Lifting
This technique is most popular for its exercise selection procedures, the use of chains and bands, and periodization in strength training. He uses the same method to train athletes in other sports as mentioned earlier.
Special Barbell Workouts
Additionally, Simmons takes credit for the development and invention of ‘special’ barbell workouts executed to aim the weaknesses a competition particularly in powerlifts. In the 90s decade, the powerlifting guru reintroduced to athletes the use of resistance bands and chains to strength training. This is to enhance one’s strength curve.
Tips from the Expert
Louie Simmons is the right person to seek advice from, when it comes to CrossFit and powerlifting. In an interview, he shared some weightlifting tips.
First, is for one to have the capacity to lift, if possible, without any time-limit.
Second is the need to use bands when training with a barbell.
The third tip is for the CrossFit athletes to make a roomy or spacious base for easy and convenient moving during the entire training.
Fourth is to develop a plan or even plan a failure. This is to enhance one’s skill in organizing.
Fifth is to find your home base. Your lifting temple should be a place you feel comfortable at so that you can challenge your personal bests.
Next is to use the buddy system. If you don’t have a spotter, you won’t have the opportunity to push yourself beyond your limits.
And, lastly, all athletes should do the box squat. This according to the weightlifting expert, literally means, “Getting the box at knee level, then squatting down, then, back to it.”
Louie Simmons with Joe Rogan
Check out the interview here:
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