Vice Features Westside Barbell & “Westside Vs. The World” Premiere Announced

Score another point for strength sports making an appearance in major news outlets. Vice Canada recently released a video that goes inside Westside Barbell to learn more about the gym’s infamous owner, Louie Simmons, and the training that goes on within.

The 8-minute Vice feature interviews Simmons, along with two long-time Westside Barbell athletes Anthony Oliveira and Jason Coker. Their interviews dive into how they found Westside Barbell, what it means to them, and how the outside world perceives the gym.

To kick off the video Vice asks Simmons, “How did you get started in powerlifting?” 

Simmons responds with, “I just wanted to be strong, and I had, well, you know, a low self-esteem problem. I didn’t have much growing up. And so I got into a lot of fights. But weights turned me around. It gave me self-confidence.” 

Check out the full video below.

Westside Vs. The World

On top of the feature above, there’s also been a release date and premiere details dropped for the documentary, “Westside Vs. The World”. Late last February, we wrote on the trailer for the documentary and it gained a lot of attention, although, there had been no official release dates dropped.

Now the good news, if you’re going to the Arnold Classic weekend and you love Westside Barbell, then you’re in luck. They plan to have three public premieres over the course of the 2018 Arnold Classic weekend, which will take place March 1-3rd. As of right now, the film will be shown at 7:30 PM at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus, Ohio. Similar to other movie premieres, you need tickets to attend the showings, check them out here.

As of right now, the trailer below has amassed over 207k views on YouTube, and the Kickstarter campaign capped with over $137,000 pledged to the film.

We’re excited for the first screenings of the documentary. And it’s always great seeing strength sports continue to claw their way into larger news outlets like Vice.

Disclaimer: Vice occasionally syndicates BarBend content, but the two organizations retain editorial independence from one another.

Feature image screenshot Vice Canada Facebook page. 

Comments

Previous articleGhost Size Creatine Review — An Endurance-Boosting Supplement?
Next articleCoach’s Corner: Perfect Your Wall Ball for the 2018 CrossFit® Open
Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.