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Louie Simmons Westside Barbell Training Methods

Posted by: PFB

Q. I find Louie Simmons approach to training extremely interesting in that he trains both strength and power every week throughout the year with such great success and seemingly without overtraining. What do you think of this periodization approach and what do you think of the recommended 45 sec rest periods between sets that he applies to his athletes when training for strength, which contradicts the current literature which suggests 3-5 min rests when training for strength purposes.

A. The Westside program is great, but Louie would probably be the first person to tell you they aren't necessarily guidelines he created. Most of his information comes from overseas. Therefore, it doesn't contradict current literature unless you are only reading about western methods (which I hope you aren't). His peridoization approach is effective because it doesn't allow for strength losses like the traditional western method since he is constantly performing max effort and speed work simultaneously throughout the year.

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