Spend the day learning the theory and practice of pulling mechanics applied to both the deadlift and the power clean with Starting Strength Coaches Alex Beasley and Alex Kennedy. The session will begin with a lecture focused on the basics of the movements and will include a discussion of the anatomy and forces at work in the lifts. We will then move into a practical session with individual coaching for all the lifters. 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 pull and how it should look and feel when it is performed correctly. The skills developed in the deadlift, including the use of a vertical bar path off the floor, will be applied to the power clean. After the practical session, we will return for a discussion of programming and how to identify and correct common technical problems. The camp will wrap up with a question and answer session.
Whether you are just starting out with strength training, struggling with the basics of these lifts, or looking to polish your technique and understanding of these movements, you will come away with valuable insights and experience to benefit your training. 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. Please also wear knee-high socks, or sweat pants to allow the barbell to contact the shins without causing abrasions.
Alex Beasley is a Starting Strength Coach based in Nashville, Tennessee. Alex graduated from Belmont University where she implemented the Starting Strength Method with students, faculty, and staff through their campus recreation department. She currently coaches out of goPerformance Fitness Nashville in historic Cummins Station, coaches online for Starting Strength Online Coaching, and co-owns/coaches for Nashville Women's Barbell Club.
Alex Kennedy is a coach and the co-owner of Atlanta Barbell. Alex has been coaching for 6 years. His Starting Strength Coach certification was earned in December 2013. Alex has coached a wide array of athletes in sports such as cycling, weightlifting, marathon running, and powerlifting. He also works with everyday people to produce significant changes through strength training. Prior to his career as a Coach, Alex attended college at GSU and served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps.