Diet and Nutrition

Powerlifting and functional strength for athletics

Having it all, Power, Strength, AND the body of an Adonis!


Power-lifting involves the relentless pursuit of all-out strength. In this sport, competitors pour all of their energies into moving the heaviest weight possible in a single, spleen-bursting, hernia-inducing effort. Their maximum successful poundage for the bench press, squat, and deadlift are added together to give the grand total. The highest total wins. Simple…well, apart from the spleen bit. Bodybuilding is ... Read More »

Q & A with Westside Barbells’ Louie Simmons


Louie Simmons is the owner of Westside Barbell and a living strength training legend! He is one of a very select group of powerlifters who have totaled ELITE in 5 different weight classes and Louie is one of only a couple of men over 50 years of age to have squatted 920 lbs or more, the first to bench both ... Read More »

So You Want To Hit a PR?


You know that feeling when you walk into the gym and everything just seems to fall into place? The weights that you have attempted countless times in the past feel like a warm-up, and personal records (PRs) are set and eclipsed with ease! The PR is an integral component to your short and long term success in the gym.  PRs ... Read More »

Strongman Technique Series


Technique can be the difference between trophies and injuries in any sport.  This phenomenon is even more prevalent in strongman where extreme loads are coupled with high skill component movements.  The sport of strongman incorporates lifts which are vastly different than most strength trainees normally encounter in the gym.  This can make them an excellent source of variety for powerlifters ... Read More »

Up Your Bench Press 30lbs in 30 days!


Your reaction upon reading the title of this guide was one of disbelief and curiosity, wasn’t it?  I understand.  There are a lot of people making a lot of promises out there and very few of them pan out.  Your personal gym experience also influences your reaction to the title. You have not experienced such fantastic progress and follow all ... Read More »