Spend the day learning the theory and practice of pulling mechanics applied to both the deadlift and the power clean with Starting Strength Coaches Chris Kurisko and Jonathon Sullivan. The session will begin with a lecture focused on the basics of the movement and will include a discussion of the anatomy and forces at work in the lift. We will then move into a practical session with plenty of time under the bar for all the participants. Participants will have an opportunity to put into practice the concepts addressed in the lecture while receiving coaching through their warm up and work sets. Through the entire process, attendees will learn the hallmarks of a properly executed movement and how it should look and feel when it is performed correctly. After the deadlift session, there will be a short break for lunch (participants should bring a light lunch to eat during a short question and answer session). After lunch, participants will apply lessons learned in the morning session to the power clean. Once finished, there will be a discussion on programming and how to identify and correct common technical problems. The camp will wrap up with a question and answer session. Attendance will be capped at twelve to allow for individualized instruction.
Proper weightlifting shoes are highly recommended. They increase stability, control, and consistency in all of the lifts and should be considered essential equipment if barbell training is a priority. If participants use weightlifting belts, they are encouraged to bring them.
Chris Kurisko is the owner of Black Iron Training in Lansing, MI. Black Iron is a Starting Strength Gym dedicated to helping people get strong. Chris has over 10 years of experience working as a professional trainer. He is also a member of the Starting Strength Seminar Staff.
Jonathon Sullivan MD, PhD, SSC, is focused on the use of strength training in middle-aged and elderly populations as a way to improve function and fight the diseases of aging: sarcopenia, osteopenia and metabolic syndrome. His coaching practice, Grey Steel Strength and Conditioning, is located in Farmington, Michigan.