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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thank god vice is done. they are crap. they always have some reporter who doesnt know shit about the issue at all.

4 days ago

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4 days ago

4:29 so is Yoel Romero so....

5 days ago

this is barely power lifting

6 days ago

It’s equipped, not raw.

5 days ago

Love dudes response. Take what I take and see if you can do it.

6 days ago

I hate how he’s like “the greulling method of lifting” it’s just power lifting

6 days ago

The bench press dude looks like his body is back to front.

6 days ago

Only reason to lift is for hotter pussy.

6 days ago

How did I know Vice would get some beta male hipster to go there?

6 days ago

Very lame

1 week ago

I’m gonna workout there before I die

1 week ago

Never seen a person squat with their legs spread so wide.

1 week ago

Steve Parker I do. I’m flat-footed so it helps compensate for leg drive

5 days ago

How did I just see this on Netflix
Not long ago and it’s in my
Recommend 🤔🤔🤔🤔

1 week ago

I love how honest he was to the interviewer... You're not getting in here with that kind of body that's hilarious...

1 week ago

Shoukd be called stocky white dude club

1 week ago

I would give my bus seat up on this ride through hell to train with him

1 week ago

A lifetime of obsession and injuries... How sad 😔

1 week ago

By invite only

1 week ago

Not a rep was done that day.

1 week ago

Steroids don't count .true strength is proven when you can do it naturally

1 week ago

"Crawl to the bathroom in the morning" That's hardcore. lol

1 week ago

"Other people think that I'm a little off, but it doesn't cause my mind is on one thing. And if a man's mind is on one thing, I'm like a samurai who can never stray from the way"

1 week ago

Columbus Ohio in this bitch! Aka the Shaolin Temple.

1 week ago

Bunch of egotistical faggots afraid to come out the closet

1 week ago

I live on the Westside of Columbus. It's a whole side of town that is violent, crazy, and just down right insane. From Grandma's to Pre-K you will see arguments, fights, and just crazy ppl like Louie just going to the grocery store..

1 week ago

The no riod federations are bullshit

1 week ago

I think it's very good to be into something in lifeWhen I was in my twenties. Was into the gym everyday after work with two other guysand then I went to my drug of choice back to drinking and ended up nine different persons eight different jails and now it's been some years now that I've been clean again and I'm slowly slowly getting back into the gym scene doing a little differently this time because I'm much older so I get in the pool do the pool thing and then strengthen up enough then start the the gym and so now I'm in the gym machines and thenfree weights and machines but it's all good it's all healthy it's all positive I commend every one of these guys right on keep up the good work

2 weeks ago

WHats the point of lifting if you look like a fat shit

2 weeks ago

"It's not against the rules to do it, it's against the rules to get caught doing it."
What?

2 weeks ago

Everyone in those top federations is juicing, thats a fact. They only get punished if they get caught.

1 week ago

But WHY?

2 weeks ago