If you’re involved in strength and conditioning, you’ve probably seen or heard of the conjugate methodology. The work of Louie Simmons and WESTSIDE BARBELL in the United States has, in many ways, led the charge in the powerlifting scene. We’ve seen the bands, we’ve seen the chains, and we’ve seen the funky assistance exercises. Furthermore,the result of this work has been the development of some of the strongest, fastest, and most powerful people in the world.
When I first heard Louie Simmons talk about the conjugate method, I was convinced it made people strong. What I didn’t know that I’d come to love about the conjugate method was a culture of winning. It’s a mindset, like I’ve never seen in strength and conditioning. So much of what I know and see in strength training is based, purposely, on failure. The conjugate method is not.
I sat down with ORIGINAL Nutritionals Clean Athlete, Taylor Drescher, to discover the hidden mental skills taught by practicing the conjugate method where not only does failure not needed to get strong, it’s frowned upon.
I’d argue that the psychology of the conjugate method might be worth as much or more as the strength you’ll earn from it. Producing force is one thing. Producing the mind of a winner is something completely different.