Spend the day learning the theory and practice of the low bar back squat with Starting Strength Coaches Joyce Luke and Jarrod Schaefer. 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 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. You are also encouraged to wear a 100% cotton shirt if possible or avoid wearing any slick/moisture wicking material.
Joyce Luke is a Starting Strength Coach and owner of Starting Strength Austin. Joyce has been coaching in the fitness industry since 2003 and she owned Luke’s Barbell Club for 10 years (2009-2019). Her background as an athlete includes professional basketball, Olympic Weightlifting, Kettlebell Sport, Track and Field, and swimming. She has a Masters degree in Sport Psychology, and has helped hundreds of people of all ages and abilities get healthy and strong. She enjoys being a mentor for aspiring coaches, loves dogs, and the Texas heat.
Jarrod Schaefer is a Starting Strength Coach at Starting Strength Austin with 6 years of experience in the fitness industry and has worked with clients of all ages and skill levels, from helping young men squat double bodyweight, to helping mother-in-laws stand up off the couch. Jarrod has a diverse competitive background, and has competed as a physique bodybuilder, football player, shot-putter, discus-thrower, and sprinter. Currently, he trains to compete in strengthlifting and is pursuing his nutrition certification.