Spend the day learning the theory and practice of the low bar back squat with Starting Strength Coaches Michael Wolf and Brent Carter. 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.
Michael Wolf is the head of the strength program at Crossfit Solace in Manhattan, where he also runs his Wolf Strength & Conditioning personal training business, both of which have allowed him to run hundreds of people through their SSLP and into intermediate programming. A Starting Strength Coach and member of the coaching staff at the Starting Strength Seminars since 2012, Wolf is also a Team Leader at SSOC. From 2007-2013, he was an adjunct instructor in the Phys-Ed program and the Strength & Conditioning Coach at Yeshiva University; he was a personal trainer and personal training manager at a mainstream industry gym in NYC from 2005-2011. Wolf has competed in raw powerlifting and strengthlifting, with current PRs of 585 squat, 465 bench press (gym), 650 deadlift, and 290 press (gym). He can be found on Instagram at @Wolf_Strength and on Facebook at Wolf Strength and Conditioning.
Brent Carter received his degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences from Texas Tech University with emphasis in biomechanics and exercise physiology. He has over 10 years of experience coaching clients of all populations and with various goals. He founded the Focus Barbell Club, a weekly educational meet-up dedicated to learning the basic barbell lifts using the Starting Strength method. The club continues to grow, drawing new trainers and students from the Focus Personal Training Institute, where Brent is among the esteemed faculty as a teacher of Advanced Concepts in Personal Training. Brent's Barbell Club team has gone on to win three Strongest Team in NYC titles (currently undefeated) and one National Strongest Team title within the USSF.