Spend the day learning the theory and practice of The Press and The Bench Press with Starting Strength Coaches Nick D’Agostino and John Petrizzo. The session will begin with a lecture focused on the basics of each movement and will include a discussion of the anatomy and forces at work in the lifts. We will then move into a practical session with plenty of time under the bar for all the participants. 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 movement and how it should look and feel when it is performed correctly. After the press session, participants will participate on a practical section on the bench press, with focus not only on the movement itself, but also on proper spotting and safety techniques. Once finished, there will be a discussion on programming and how to identify and correct common technical problems. The camp will wrap up with a question and answer session.
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.
Nick D'Agostino, a competitive strength athlete, holds his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Hofstra University. Nick also is currently enrolled in New York Institute of Technology's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program and is a staff member for Starting Strength Seminars. As a competitive raw powerlifter, Nick has competition best lifts of a 606 squat, 369 bench press, 700 deadlift, and 275 press. In weightlifting, Nick has competition bests of a 137 kg snatch and 178 kg clean and jerk in the 105+ kg class.
John Petrizzo is a Physical Therapist, Starting Strength Coach, and a full-time faculty member in the Exercise Science Department at Adelphi University. John has a B.S. in Exercise Science from Hofstra University where he was a member of the football team and holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the New York Institute of Technology. He has worked in the fitness industry since 2006 in a variety of roles and settings and has helped many patients and clients achieve their health, fitness, and sports performance goals through barbell training. In 2012, John began competing in powerlifting.