Inside Westside Barbell, Powerlifting's Most Exclusive and Controversial Gym


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Published: 1 year ago
In the dead center of Ohio, inside a dingy warehouse littered with weights and what looks like torture devices lies powerlifting’s most controversial and exclusive gym — Westside Barbell.

Founded in 1987 by Louie Simmons, the gym is now a legend in the powerlifting and strength sports world thanks to the methods and training machines Louie has developed, and the 140 plus world records the gym has broke in competition. 

However, Louie and some of his lifters hold very unapologetic stances on steroids and their use of them, and this has left the gym mired in controversy.    We traveled to Columbus, Ohio to meet with Louie and some of the lifters at Westside to talk with them about the culture of the gym, Louie’s renowned training methods and their use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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GH gut steroid junkie cowards.
Real stats are completed without the use roids. Real men don't use steroids they use real sweat & hard work without cheating.

5 hours ago

Columbus Ohio Stand Up 💪

15 hours ago

Gotta respect the honesty

1 day ago

high squats all around

1 day ago

what a dufus

1 day ago

Whatever happened to George Halbert with WestSide?

1 day ago

Anybody else notice that black label society skull mug there at the beginning?

1 day ago

👍😎🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇬🇧

2 days ago

4:05 What'd you go to jail; for?"

.... 'yeh'.

2 days ago

damn he looks like shit

3 days ago

Vice sports. Is that an oxymoron?

3 days ago

“If I wasn’t here I’d be in trouble” that’s because he’s fucking weak! he lacks control of his own self that fucking weakling

3 days ago

"its not illegal to take the drugs, its illegal to get caught"..... Joe probably wanted to sound the alarm so bad lol

3 days ago

Couldn't be more appropriate to have a noodle arm vice reporter doing this story.

3 days ago

@1:58 Kurt ANGLE?

3 days ago

Some of them look like midgets.

4 days ago

Bullshit

4 days ago

Its all about passion, setting goals and motivation to do it! <3

4 days ago

He's more like the steroid god father !!!

4 days ago

this video gives mofos who go to Planet Fitness cancer.

5 days ago

I know personally that there's a number of very quality guys at that gym. Selfless, genuine, and caring people. There's much less narcissism in the powerlifting world than there is in the bodybuilding world. I respect the hell out of Louie. He's a legitimate humanitarian.

5 days ago

These men are all homosexual?

5 days ago

It's unfortunate that the vids of the actual competition is what people think when they think of powerlifting. They should have shown some IPF clips

5 days ago

basically a gym suited for old mexican wrestler types

5 days ago

Man that dude is really proud about how fucked up and damaged his body is...

5 days ago

So, Louie is a steroid user. Who would have thought that? One day all of these lunkheads will reap the curses of their abuse. Just wait and see. Using steroids doesn't make you a man, just a meat head.

5 days ago

Not one of those guys have abs. and most have bitch tits

5 days ago

3:37 - good lord.

5 days ago

what a bunch of fucking losers.

5 days ago

@3:25 "If you got enough nuts to go until you got nothin' left"
Sounds about right if you consider testicle shrinkage from 30 years of juicing.

5 days ago

Dude hcg keeps balls normal, u guys dnt know

4 days ago