Louie Simmons is a world-renowned Strength/Special Strengths coach and the founder of Westside Barbell. He is in the gym every day watching and analyzing all athletic training from all his powerlifters to track and field. Westside Barbell is a living laboratory for Louie where he can undergo constant athletic experiments to push the boundaries of what is possible. He also has 24 athletes who deadlift over 800 pounds and three who deadlift over 900lbs. Fifteen members who have a total lifting record over 2500 pounds and seven over 2600 pound total. Westside Barbell is the only gym in the world to have two over 2700 pound totals, plus five over 2800 pounds and one who has the biggest total of all time with 3005lbs. Louie has published over 300 training articles, authored eight books, and produced ten highly respected training videos. Louie Simmons is also the inventor of the Reverse Hyper® machine, Inverse Curl machine, Hip/Quad machine, Static/Dynamic developer and the Virtual Force Swing. He has been a strength consultant for the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and numerous college football teams. Louie has worked closely with Kent Johnson, Johnny Parker, and Buddy Morris and a host of other professional and top-level strength coaches. Additionally, he has trained 2 Olympic gold medal sprinters, Butch Reynolds and Moe Robinson, both 400-meter sprinters.
Tom Barry was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, where he obtained his degree in Exercise and Health Studies from Waterford Institute of Technology. In 2011, Tom had the opportunity to study under Louie. A two-month internship turned into a full-time position at Westside Barbell HQ. In 2015 Tom wanted to bring the teaching of Louie Simmons and the success of Westside Barbell into the homes of athletes, coaches, and anyone who wanted to learn how to train optimally. From this the Conjugate Club was created, which is Westside’s first and only membership site where you can obtain specific programming, unique video access and ask direct questions to Louie and all the staff on a monthly basis.
Harold grew up on the west side of Columbus. After graduating high school, Harold earned a Bachelor’s Degree in business from Devry University. A few weeks of training with Tom to rehab an injury turned into a seven-year stay with the company. Since starting, Harold has earned his personal training and athletic coaching certifications from Westside. Harold has been involved in the development of the Conjugate Club since its inception. He oversees the daily running of the club, which includes assisting with content development and improving user experience.