Spend the day learning the theory and practice of pulling mechanics applied to both the deadlift and the power clean with Starting Strength Coaches Cassi Neimann and Alex Beasley. 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.
Cassi Neimann offers in-person Starting Strength coaching + programming in Richmond, Virginia at Richmond Balance. She is also a Concept2 Rowing Master Instructor and provides in-person and online coaching for indoor rowing. She is a competitive raw powerlifter, novice strongman and masters rower with the Virginia Boat Club. She has PRs of 285 lb squat, 165 lb bench, 120 lb press and 358 lb deadlift. She believes that strength training leads to healthier and happier people - and ultimately, a more awesome life.
Alex Beasley is a Starting Strength Coach originally from Nashville, Tennessee now located in Atlanta, Georgia. Alex graduated from Belmont University with a degree in music business, but chose to go the coaching route after having worked as a coach for 5+ years. She earned her Starting Strength Coach Credential in April of 2017 and went on to found Nashville's first and only women's barbell club. She currently coaches out of Atlanta Barbell, coaches online for Starting Strength Online Coaching, & is working to transition her Nashville barbell club to Atlanta.