The Russian Approach to Planning a Weightlifting Program [Paper] - All Things GymThe Soviet weightlifting systems from the s up to were known for breaking many world records, as well as for creating athletes with longevity. I was fortunate to learn straight from Pavel himself about the Soviet secrets of dominance and longevity during this time period. Leonid Taranenko won his first Olympic medal in and his last in at the age of He is not the only older Soviet lifter, either. Vasily Alexeev also set his last world record at age This is the heaviest ever lifted in a competition. In the figure below, I charted current records against records from to
The Russian Approach to Planning a Weightlifting Program [Paper]
Westside Barbell , the gym, has produced more multiply world record holders than any other single gym in the history of powerlifting. As you might expect, on the back of such success, the Westside Method grew increasingly popular during the rise of the multiply movement. There was a period in powerlifting where the vast majority of Americans were either using Westside or attempting to do so. Things have changed. Westside has fallen out of favor among the raw powerlifting movement that dominates the scene today. Speaking about the origins and development of Westside is extremely difficult because there is a lot of conflicting information out there. However, what is clear is that the original Westside Barbell gym was based out of Culver City, California.
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I had the great pleasure to talk to Coach Tabachnik, who I will call Ben in the rest of the article. I found him to be the most knowledgeable man about sprinting with whom I have ever had a conversation with. He was in the United States after an exhausting trip that finally landed him and his family in Baltimore. His start in track was sprinting and he was very fast. He had his own ideas on how to sprint, and wanted to prove it.