Road Trip to Westside

by TaylorDrescher24. February 2013 18:56

CrossFit Conjugate Coaches Shane, Laura, Kursten and myself made a road trip to Columbus to visit the world famous Westside Barbell to visit the legendary Louie Simmons himself. The day started off with breakfast at Bob Evans where Louie eats every morning at 7:30. As Kursten and myself excitedly sat next to the man who has created the training system that has changed our lives, we quickly understood why this man is just that....a legend. Through Westside's Conjugate method, Louie has produced 7 out of 10 all time world record holder men, and 5 out of 10 women. He is most certainly patriotic, but openly gives credit to the Soviet and Bulgarian systems and methods of training in which the conjugate method has derived from. One of the most appreciated characteristics I noticed about Louie, is that he will admit, if he is not the best in the world at something (which isn't much, he's pretty much a genius,) he will not hold an athlete back in their training progress. He will send that athlete to someone who is the best at what they do. While Louie is the God father of strength there are sport specific movements that require experts of technique to excel.(Which is why Shane and Laura have hired experienced and well rounded CrossFit coaches that excel in gymnastics, Olympic lifting, and CrossFit itself.)  Listening to him speak about this reminded me so much of Shane. Like Louie, Shane and Laura are so amazing at what they do, yet very humble, always give credit to those that deserve, and will not pretend to be an expert at something that they are not. These are characteristics that will keep relationships long lasting and growing. As well as allowing athletes to truly reach their full potentials.

After breakfast we made our way to Westside. On the front door reads a sign; " NOTICE. To be Considered a member of Westside Barbell, you must fulfill the below criteria! As Westside Barbell is a PRIVATE CLUB any individual('s) who wants to become a new member must be invited by Louie Simmons for a "trial session" or voted in unanimously by all members. This is the ONLY way an individual will be eligible to train at Westside, No Exceptions. Visitors welcome by appointment only." We looked at Laura and Shane and said, " Can we go in?!?!" Walking in was an unforgettable moment. As I'm sure many individuals have encountered the same feeling before, it was breath taking. The gym is not brand new, fancy shmancy, or enormous in size. It was a landmark where years of research had taken place. Years of success and failures, trial and error, blood, sweat, tears, and triumph. Where the world's strongest woman, Laura Phelps' name covered the wall in world records on both men's and women's charts. Where those with the will to succeed were given the best tools to reach their potential. Louie is goal driven and it is undoubtedly and most noticeably engrained in him to be the WORLD's best, and produce the WORLD's best. Westside is an atmosphere where only the BEST are trained, to become the BEST, that gym is simply the BEST gym I have ever been to. Like I said, not because of the tangible, but because of all the intangible that lies within.


The coaches and athletes set the tone and build the atmosphere for every gym throughout the nation. There are thousands of CrossFit gyms and more on the rise. But what sets us apart from others?  CrossFit Conjugate has been carefully thought out and planned to emulate and reciprocate athletes of Louie Simmons' Caliber. The Best that they can possibly be. Through using the scientifically and world record proven conjugate method, with the combination of educated, experienced, and humble coaches. With your full dedication and 100% commitment, you are guaranteed to reach your full potential in strength and as a crossfitter. We are not saying that only those invited are allowed into our gym. But yes as a coach I will say that I only want athletes and individuals that want to be the best possible version of themselves. An athlete that is willing to work hard, get up when they fail, be coachable, and wants to succeed. Whether succeeding for them is getting their first pull up or making it to the CrossFit Games.






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Ross LoBosco
Ross LoBosco
2/26/2013 12:56:52 AM #

What of the coolest things ive read.  had to be a cool experience.  


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