Louie Simmons Powerlifting Program
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What is the Louie Simmons workout for powerlifting?
Louie Simmons is quite impressive. He lifted more weight (higher maxes) at age 40 than he did at age 30, and to top that off, he lifted more weight in his 50's than he did when he was in his 40's or 30's. That growth! And Louie is still hitting double digit workouts per week even though he is on the backside of his 60's.
Louie's gym, the Westside Barbell Club, is also famous. And so is the training that goes on there. The gang at Westside includes many world record holders.
Louie and his crew dig in on powerlifting exercises, lifting mammoth weight loads. But they also use some smart supporting movements to make the big lifts happen. And they happen frequently.
Louie and his lifters all go extremely hard. One of the hallmarks of the Westside Barbell Club is that these guys move th weight explosively. Another is the hamstring – they believe the hamstrings play a huge role in the power of the body, affecting the squat and the deadlift. They push training the hamstrings and low back with unique moves like the reverse hyperextension.
Westside club members also use explosive supporting movements such as the JM press and box jumping and box squatting o take the body to extreme levels of development.
Here is an example that Louie posts at his Westside side on a squat workout -
Six hundred (best lift) squatter - begin with fifty percent effort for 12 sets of two reps with 45 seconds rest between sets. Stick with 12 set of 2's for three weeks, moving up 2.5% each week (see, you have to be able to do math to work out at Westside!). When you get to 57.5 and 60%, drop the sets to 10; (example, 60% of 600 is 360; 360 X 10 sets of 2 reps = 7200 pounds).
And if you don't lift at a 600 pound squat level, simply adjust the percentages to fit the poundage you can use.
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