Westside Equipment Education

Know Your Bar
Apr 11

Know Your Bar

Posted by Jason Gusic on

Tendonitis in the elbows… Before you go off the deep end flossing, and scraping, and tempering, trying to alleviate the tendonitis in your elbows think of your squat… NO that is not a typo.  Nowadays there’s a tool for anything and everything, and most of them are tremendous for repairing the aches and pains of strength training, WE LOVE EX-WIVES, but before your reach for one of the many tools on the market to fix those elbows take a second a reach for the right barbell.  All too often folks are squatting with a weightlifting bar (no center knurling) if...

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Sep 29

Equipment Education- Dual Pendulum Reverse Hyper

Posted by Tom Barry on

The Westside Barbell Dual Pendulum Reverse Hyper:   … Or as I like to call it “The Swiss Army Knife” of Reverse Hypers. Users can get so much out of the Dual Pendulum that I find myself hesitant to speak on the piece, in fear of degrading the benefits and efficacy the other Westside Barbell Reverse Hypers offer…. but here we go!        This week we are not aiming at the big picture of the patented Reverse Hyper, we are discussing the training and rehabilitative benefits of the Dual Pendulum, only!        Starting from the top...

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Sep 29

Equipment Education- Standing Hamstring Curl Machine

Posted by Tom Barry on

The Westside Barbell Standing Hamstring Curl Machine: First let me preface this piece with a simple statement: There is NO such thing as quad dominant! There is only a pair of strong hamstrings and weak hamstrings. Regardless of your preference in stance (close or wide) if your hamstrings are weak, your squat (and deadlift) probably aren't on par. Now that I have gotten that out of my system, we can continue discussing the tools necessary to train the hamstrings! This week we are introducing the Westside Barbell Standing Hamstring Curl Machine. Why did Westside spend the time and money developing...

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Sep 29

Equipment Education- The Ultra Supreme Reverse Hyper

Posted by Tom Barry on

The Ultra Supreme Reverse Hyper: Weighing in around 300 pounds, we have the Westside Barbell Ultra Supreme Reverse Hyper. We often refer to the Reverse Hyper as the corner stone of training, and more often than not, anyone that has trained on the Hyper agrees with us. Like the Dual Pendulum Reverse Hyper that we spoke bout a couple weeks ago, the Ultra Supreme features the adjustable table top. This feature offers more versatility for training. By tilting the front of the table top down we are able to place greater emphasis on the low back and achieve greater traction....

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Sep 29

Equipment Education- Inverse Curl

Posted by Tom Barry on

 In athletics the hamstrings are rarely, if ever used by themselves… so why should athletes train them only isolated? While its true hamstring curls have their place in training here at Westside, as well as in weight rooms around the world, but curls alone are not enough. Though the Inverse Curl is only one piece of the puzzle that is strength training, it is by far one of the most important pieces on the market.  I always look at the Inverse Curl as a means to work through a simple 1-10 scale… 1 being unable to perform a Glute Ham Raise...

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