- Jun 3, 2021
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Thanks. those took an extra day to recover from.
probably only celebrity/famous person Id ever want to take a picture withLol. I saw the exact same video and that's why I gave them a go. I remember him talking about these years ago but I never got around to doing them. My glutes and hams are very sore today.
I really want to take my oldest out to Columbus to meet Lou before its too late. We've talked about going to the Arnold before and I might just have to make it happen.
Very cool stories dude. I've only read the old Westside stories from Dave and a few others, and can only imagine what an experience it wasOk I gotta share this cause you will appreciate it. I've been fortunate enough to meet him twice. The first time was when I first got into powerlifting. I'd been reading his articles for years in PLUSA and even called him a couple times to discuss things. It was hilarious. He would publish his home phone number at the end of every article and would always pick up the phone and talk with anybody that called.
So a couple months before my first meet I was going to visit my brother who was going to school in Indiana at the time. I called Lou before the trip and asked if I could train at Westside on Friday. All he said was "We squat on Friday. Be there at 8" and that was it. I took a slight detour to Columbus on my way out there and got to squat with the crew. This was late 1999/early 2000 and the gym was still at the old location on Demorest road which was about a 1000 sq.ft. space in a strip mall. I had never used a monolift before but he threw me right in the mix with Dan Blankenship (198lber) and Amy Wiseberger (148lber). Did the full squat workout and got to watch Chuck V, Mike Ruggeria, Dave Tate and Chester Stafford squat. Chuck went nuts on his last set - 545 plus a blue and green, split his head open on the squat bar then crushed the weight for a double and went to the bathroom to wipe the blood off his face. Lou gave me shit for having strong hams but a weak low back. Everyone left by about 10am and I stayed and talked with Chester for another hour. It was one of the highlights of my life.
The second time I met him was at APF Seniors in Baton Rouge in 2004. Most of the Westside guys were there helping Chester and JL Holdsworth compete. I just walked up to Lou after the meet, told him I'd been using his methods for 4 years and added over 500lbs to my total. He shook his head, smiled and said something like "that's fantastic". I never asked him for a picture because he always seemed somewhat amazed that he was famous and I don't think he was really comfortable with it.
Lou is often misunderstood but the man has done more for powerlifting in the last 30 years than anyone else. He genuinely wants to help every person that he meets get stronger. It doesn't matter who you are, how strong or weak you are or how you train. He just wants you to get stronger and succeed. Truly an amazing individual.
crazy that I was talking about louie passing and we lost John Meadows. sucky daysjust saw Louie talking about ultra wide sumos. He was like "you get strong at those, aint no way you don't get stronger at everything else" think ill cry when Louie dies. Gone be one of the saddest days in strength man.