Spend the day learning the theory and practice of the low bar back squat with Starting Strength Coaches Austin Baraki and Joyce Luke. 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 move into a practical session with plenty of time under the bar 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 squat and how it should look and feel when it is performed correctly. 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 the lift, 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 ten 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.
Austin Baraki, MD, SSC is a Starting Strength Coach and Physician in Internal Medicine at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. He received his doctorate in Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He began strength training after 15-year competitive swimming career through the Division I collegiate level, and is now a competitive powerlifter and strength coach. He works with clients and athletes of all ages, ranging from untrained novices to national-level lifters. He is a member of the Starting Strength Seminar Staff, a Staff Coach & Team Leader for Starting Strength Online Coaching, and a regular contributor to the StartingStrength.com website, where he enjoys debunking pseudoscience and writing about strength & health.
Joyce Luke, SSC has been coaching the barbell exercises since 2005 and has been offering coaching out of her own barbell club since 2010, which focuses on strength as the most important factor in improving and sustaining most aspects of fitness, health, and life performance. She became the first Starting Strength Coach in Austin, TX in 2017. Joyce has a Masters degree in Sport Psychology and her background as an athlete includes professional basketball, Olympic Weightlifting and Kettlebell Sport. Over the years Joyce has helped hundreds of people of all ages and abilities, from completely untrained novices to competitive athletes. She is carving out a mission beyond exercise and sport performance, one that prioritizes abundance and freedom through physical health and vitality.