Spend the day learning the theory and practice of pulling mechanics applied to both the deadlift and the power clean with Starting Strength Coaches Josh and Shelley Wells. 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.
Josh Wells has 17 years of experience competing and coaching in the sport of Olympic weightlifting. As an international level lifter, he was a member of the Jr. Pan-American Team (2003) and a member of the Junior World Team (2004). In 2009 he received his Master’s of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from Midwestern State University. He is currently coaching numerous athletes in the sport of Olympic weightlifting and wants to continue to grow a team along with east coast.
Shelley Hancock-Wells has 20 years of experience as a classical ballet dancer and has been a Starting Strength coach for 10 years. Born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, she was introduced to her first barbell by Mark Rippetoe in 2007 and became an SSC in 2008. She has a BS in Athletic Training from Midwestern State University and after working as a Collegiate head Athletic Trainer, she returned to Wichita Falls to attain a MS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology. As of 2013, Shelley and her husband SSC Josh Wells moved to the coast of North Carolina to run the Starting Strength program at Crystal Coast Strength and Conditioning.