2016 Articles

Your body is NOT a bank account!
Dec 27

Your body is NOT a bank account!

Posted by Tom Barry

The human body is an adaptable complex system comprised of biological tissues. Biological tissues are stress responsive tissues which have the capacity to self organize and self repair. For example, when a stressor is inputted into the system, the tissues will self organize and self repair to better handle that specific stressor. The process of increasing capacity as a result of specific stressors is a biological principle known as the SAID Principle (Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands). During the self repair process, the body will overcompensate (up to the individual’s biological limit); thus, increasing the capacity of those tissues to...

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Raw Benching in 2016
Nov 21

Raw Benching in 2016

Posted by Tom Barry

Raw Bench Pressing             Westside lifts in mostly gear meets. There is a lot to learn on how to use a bench shirt, but you must also raise your raw strength as well. Westside has had nine men capable of a 600-pound raw bench over the years. Many know about our “max-effort day” workouts, each week choosing a different barbell exercise. These seven examples show the range of exercises: Power rack pin pressing up to G position Board pressing one to five boards Board pressing with three different band tensions Incline press close and wide grip Decline press close and...

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OLYMPIC LIFTING DEBACLE
Oct 13

OLYMPIC LIFTING DEBACLE

Posted by Tom Barry

It was good to read Ed Bakers and John Coffee’s commentary on my “debacle”. I am referring to my new book Olympic Lifting Strength Manual. My interpretation of building special strengths comes from the former Soviet Union weightlifting coaches. In the book Managing The Training Of Weightlifters it states that as a weightlifter  becomes highly qualified they must use at least 50% of the load by special exercises such as squats, pulls, good mornings and a LARGE amount of back extensions and inverse curls. Why? Training loads must grow but if too many classical lifts area done form breaks down,...

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CHUCK V
Oct 13

CHUCK V

Posted by Tom Barry

Chuck V came to our Westside garage around 1983. He was just a kid and Kenny Ried sent him over to watch us train. I could tell he was an intense kid to say the least as he could not stand still. Soon after I made the mistake of opening a commercial gym, but it was a good mistake as many of our current private gym members are still at Westside: Jimmy Ritchie, Joe and Mike Jester along with Mark Marnelli, Gino Cardy, Dominic Rotolo. Mark owns strong style MMA in Cleveland and Geno is an oil engineer. Dominic Rotolo owns a great chain of...

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LARRY PACIFICO
Oct 13

LARRY PACIFICO

Posted by Tom Barry

It’s 2016 and this year marks the end of my first 50 years in powerlifting. I have seen a lot in 50 years as powerlifting has introduced me to all of my friends as well as most good and bad memories. Looking back, I have seen all the best lifters of the past 50 years.  Most will remember the latest and greatest like Hoff, Frankel, Conan and Bridges. While they were undoubtedly unbeatable, they were untested for the most part. But there is one man that comes to mind that was contested by the fact he could be beaten on...

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STRENGTH TRAINING FOR WEIGHTLIFTING
Oct 13

Hello Westside Fans. This article is for our Olympic Weightlifting enthusiast. It is a sample of a 3 week pendulum wave for the squat, snatch and clean & jerk. This program is one that Westside performs each and every week. It uses the guidelines laid out by A.S. Medvedyev in his book “A System of Multi-Year Training in Weightlifting”. As well the data of A.S. Prilepin as it appears in the “Managing the Training of Weightlifters”. Prilepin was the Russian national coach for the Junior team from 1975-80 and Senior coach from 1980-85. Our wave periodization came from A.D. Ermakov...

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