American powerlifter Louie Simmons passes away at 74, What was his cause of death?

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Who was Louie Simmons?

Louie Simmons (12 October 1947 – 24 March 2022) was an American powerlifter and strength coach. He is noted for developing the Westside Conjugate method of training and applying it to powerlifting and other sports, as well as inventing several pieces of strength training equipment. Westside Barbell is a private, invitation-only, elite training facility in Columbus, Ohio that was created by Simmons.

BornOctober 12, 1947
DiedMarch 24, 2022 (aged 74)
OccupationStrength and conditioning coach,
Business owner

Powerlifting career

Simmons competed in powerlifting for over 50 years. He has achieved a 920 pounds (420 kg) squat, a 600 pounds (270 kg) bench press, and a 722 pounds (327 kg) deadlift over the age of 50 years. He has totaled Elite in five different weight classes over almost four decades.

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American powerlifter Louie Simmons passes away at 74

Louie Simmons, legendary powerlifter, coach, founder of Westside Barbell, inventor, and the man credited as the mastermind behind conjugate training has reportedly died at the age of 74.

Westside Barbell announced Simmons’ passing on their official Instagram page on Mar. 24, 2022.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Louie Simmons,” the post reads. “We will make a formal announcement after we process the loss.” The post also contains an excerpt from Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ famous poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”;

“Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

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The Legacy of Louie Simmons

Louie Simmons was born on Oct. 12, 1947. He fell in love with weight training early on and entered the world of powerlifting in his early 20s. He would spend the next 50 years of his life coaching some of the sport’s most notable and elite competitors — including Chuck Vogelphol, EliteFTS founder Dave Tate, Jim Wendler, and J.M. Blakely.

Simmons is the founder of the famed Westside Barbell gym, located in Columbus, OH, and invented both the reverse hyper and belt squat machines. He also developed the conjugate training method, sometimes called the Westside Barbell Conjugate Method, which helped popularize the use of chains and resistance bands as a way of adding accommodating resistance to specific lifts.

Simmons was also an accomplished athlete himself. According to Open Powerlifting, he competed from 1979 until his final meet in 2012. Simmons mostly competed in equipped powerlifting, which allows the use of bench shirts and squat suits.