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Louie Simmons + Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!
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Louie Simmons + Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!

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Who is Louie Simmons?

Louie Simmons is known as the godfather of powerlifting. Louie Simmons was born on October 12, 1947. He is a former American powerlifter who is now a business owner and strength and conditioning coach at WestSide Barbell, an elite powerlifting gym in Columbus, Ohio. Westside Barbell is commonly referred to as the strongest gym in the world, producing some of the world’s most accomplished powerlifters and helping elite level athletes from all sports to develop immense strength. The gym’s goal is,“To become the best and push every boundary known to man in doing so.” 

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He began his strength training journey at the age of 12 years old while carrying block, pushing wheelbarrows, and mixing mortar. At the age of 14 with very little experience in weight training Simmons cleaned and jerked 260 and deadlifted 460 in a contest, while weighing only 140 lbs.! This experience led Simmons to pursue a full-time competitive weightlifting career. During his time in the military as a young man, Simmons began to really delve into the world of powerlifting. He explored multiple methods of developing strength and experimented with different concepts, eventually pioneering his own methods that would take his own strength gains to unheard of heights. In the early 1980’s Simoons was producing national champions out of his garage. He began mixing methods from Chinese, Russian, and Bulgarian sources, as he pushed the boundaries of strength training and began developing a legacy that would be built over the next several decades. 

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Simmons founded Westside Barbell, a private, invitation-only, elite training facility in Columbus, Ohio, in the 1980’s which still produces top athletes today. Athletes from Westside Barbell have broken over 140 world records, won olympic gold medals, and won heavyweight world championships. From Rugby players, top players in the NFL, to elite combat athletes, Simmons and his training methods have not only made an incredible imprint on the strength training community but all throughout the world of sports as well. He has worked as a strength consultant with pro-level and collegiate sports teams and many of his methods are even included in the CrossFit Powerlifting Certification Course. 


Louie Simmons is noted for developing training methods, including the Westside Conjugate method and applying it to powerlifting and other sports. The conjugate method is the most inquired about subject when it comes to Simmons and Westside and it's through this style of strength training that Simmons has helped thousands cultivate incredible strength. The conjugate method helps build gradual strength over time, increasing an individual's ability to produce massive force through a series of predetermined percentage based strength sessions. The conjugate method has been adopted by thousands and continues to be a trusted method by everyone from the average joe to top tier athletes.  


Simmons has also invented several pieces of strength training equipment and machines to effectively and efficiently build strength in ways that were not achievable by using commercial gym equipment. His most notable machine is the Reverse Hyper. The reverse hyper was a game changer in the strength training industry and one of Simmons’ greatest contributions to the community. The reverse hyper helps individuals relieve compression in the lower spine making it a great rehabilitation tool. But the benefits don't stop there. It also helps to build important strength in the hamstrings, glutes, and quads and serves as a great tool for accessory work.


Simmons also reintroduced the use of chains and resistance bands in strength training in the 1990’s. This method creates an increased level of difficulty towards the lockout of a lift, helping the lifter develop muscular coordination and increased levels of force and speed during the lift. 


Over the many years that Louie has been involved in powerlifting and special strength training, he has gained a vast amount of knowledge on how to produce strength. In his powerlifting career, Louie Simmons has been considered a top 10 lifter for over 30 years! 

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How Old is Louie Simmons?

Born October 12, 1947, Louie Simmons is 73 years old, but his powerlifting career has spanned over 50 years! 


Louie Simmons’s Family?

Louie Simmons is private about his family and personal life. 


How Much is Louie Simmons Worth?

According to internet sources, Louie Simmons is currently worth 6 million dollars. 


How Much Does Louie Simmons Weigh?

Throughout his powerlifting career, he has lifted in weight classes spanning from 220 to 275 lbs. At the age of 53, when he became the first man over 50 to squat  920, he weighed 242 lbs. At the Ironman Classic Pro/Am in 2012, Simmons weighed in at 232.6 lbs., making this his most recent competition weight on record. 


Louie Simmons’s Record?

Louie Simmons' powerlifting record is impressive! He is one of only 5 lifters to post elite totals in 5 different powerlifting weight classes. He is one of two lifters over 50 years of age to squat 920 pounds (at age 53) , bench 600 pounds (at age 50) and deadlift 722 pounds and total 2100 pounds. Simmons has been a top 10 lifter for 30 years, and was ranked 4th nationally in 2000 in the open. His career has spanned 50 years and for the last 37 years Louie Simmons has totaled Elite in various power-lifting organizations.


Louie Simmons’s Injuries

Louie Simmons broke his back twice in his powerlifting career, once in 1973 and again in 1982. In 1991, Louie sustained a knee injury while squatting. He felt that his knee was injured, but wanted to push himself. He upped the weight and squatted 760, snapping his kneecap in half. He went into surgery where he had a reaction to the anesthesia and was pronounced dead on the operating table. Despite these injuries and near-death experiences, Simmons continued his career in powerlifting until the age of 63.  


Is Louie Simmons Retired?

At the age of 63, Louie Simmons stepped back from competitive powerlifting, but he has not retired as a strength trainer. He continues to be a fixture at Westside barbell, still working to help powerlifters and athletes from all areas of sports to become the strongest versions of themselves possible. 

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