Louie Simmons is no stranger to breaking records. One of only 6 lifters to total Elite in 5 weight classes, he is a strength consultant for the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, numerous collegiate teams and many world-class athletes. A few weeks back Louie told me he wanted to be one of the top 5 strongest people in the world. I looked puzzled. He did not say he wanted to be the strongest for his age, but at ANY age. That is the mindset he takes to the platform.
His lifters who train at Westside Barbell put up huge numbers. How big is huge? If you don't bench 5, pull 7 and squat 8 you need not apply, and that's just to get in the door. If you are lucky enough to make it to Westside Barbell you notice that it is a serious atmosphere with zero BS. His gym is basic and rough around the edges (just how we like it!). No mirrors, no useless machines, just a few monolifts and racks, more different types of barbells than anyone should own, tons and tons of 100LB plates, chains and bands, and a small group of loyal disciples dedicated to one thing: adding weight to the bar.