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Ok, so Chris talked Lou into doing a Q&A here.
Now, Lou won't be posting here himself. He's very busy every day and doesn't have the time to sit down and answer everyone's questions. So here's what we're going to do.
Post your questions here and we'll pick the top 3 or 4 each month or so and I will take them to the master himself. He sends me his answers and then I'll post them here along with the corresponding question so there is clarity.
Try and be creative with your questions. Lou has had the same dynamic effort questions or max effort questions over and over again, plus I can answer most of the basic questions. We'll send off the more complicated ones that will inspire some good discussion here
This is very cool indeed! Great feature, thanks Trav for gettng the GodFather to do this.
Thats a pretty cool idea, Thanks Travis!!!!
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I will say that I was VERY excited when he agreed to do this for us. I truly believe he is the top strength coach on the planet. It is his love and passion and you can truly see that if you watch his seminars or are lucky enough to meet him in person. I would also encourage anyone here to also get his videos or book for further help. I have nearly all of the videos and they are GREAT.
A VERY good addition. I have much respect for Louie. I may not agree with everything he does, but any of us could learn a great deal from him. I am very excited to have this addition. Tell Louie THANK YOU.
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What's your feeling about pulling "semi-sumo", especially in reference to older lifters with hip issues who can't go really wide but can pull more weight semi-sumo than conventional. Is "semi-sumo" the best of both worlds or the worst of both worlds?
Last edited by BigTallOx; 04-06-2009 at 12:14 AM.
What a badass idea.
23 years old
6'3, 308 lbs
This is an awesome idea. Louie does so much for powerlifting, if more people used their time and energy like him we'd have much less negativity and bashing and much more sharing of ideas and knowledge as well as a better chance for powerlifting to gain more exposure and acceptance. All I can say is thanks Louie for your continued generosity!
I like this idea. WBB always getting better and better!
My time anymore seems to be more and more limited. I would'nt mind having a Q/A also, if anyone is interested.
Question: In general, does Louie recommend any different training techniques for older(50+) lifters. Such as, extra warmup, stretching, cooldown, supplements? Also, being a bench only lifter, my shoulders are so tight, I can't get both my hands on a bar behind my neck to even attempt squating. Is that just do to lack of stretching? Any and all opinions are welcome.
Can't wait 'til tomorrow, 'cause I get stronger every day!
this is awesome...ive got the book and have a few questions id love to ask..
I've got a question:
I've heard of people having success with the following 'old school' percent-based system (on what would later become DE Day):
Do you ever still use or recommend these training cycles? If so, for whom? If not, why not?SQUAT and BENCH
Week 1: 70% x 8×3
Week 2: 75% x 8×3
Week 3: 80% x 6×3
Week 4: 85% x 5×2
Week 5: 80%x2, 85%x2, 90%x2
Week 1 - 15 singles @ 65%
Week 2 - 12 singles @ 70%
Week 3 - 10 singles @ 75%
Week 4 - 8 singles @ 80%
Week 5 - 6 singles @ 85%
LINK TO ARTICLE
Last edited by Brad08; 04-06-2009 at 09:36 AM.
Interesting Brad, can you point to me where you got that?
It might be from one of his articles, I just don't know off the top of my head and it helps if I do know where something comes from because it helps Lou remember the background of when he did create something
Last edited by Brad08; 04-06-2009 at 09:38 AM.
Pretty awesome of Louie to agree to do this, and for Chris to talk him into it. I look forward to reading all the good advice.
I had a question regarding your methods when training an athlete, football specifically. What methods or template do you use with these athletes, and along side of that what differences in training protocol would you make for them as opposed to one of your full meet lifters, such as Greg Panora or Tony Bolognone. The basis for my question arises from a discussion on sport specific training for football I had with Travis Bell, within this discussion we arrived at an impasse where it seemed to me that a football player would be best served by utilizing a Westside ME/DE split, with more varied accessory and sport specific movements outside of those used for one whose focus is powerlifting only, to increase not only muscle growth, but providing more improvement in GPP and SPP which is a necessity (in my opinion) for football . Travis’ implication (or what it seemed to me) was that using the similar split to current Westside lifters would provide the optimal benefit.
Thank you for your time.
Id like to hear what he says about that one also
In one of his videos Simmons mentioned that exercises that work for him also work for individuals that are built like him. And so that they were also trying to group the tall lifters with the tall lifters and the short lifters with the short lifters since they benefit from the same exercises.
I am wondering if Simmons thinks this is still true and if so what kind of exercises are most beneficial for tall & short lifters and what kind of exercises are least beneficial for tall and short lifters.
I know; "just work you weak spot". But some exercises just dont work for me but work for others so it would be of great help for people if they knew what exercises they should try first.
I hope this rambling still makes sense!