Spend the day learning the theory and practice of pulling mechanics applied to both the deadlift and the power clean with Starting Strength Coaches Nick D'Agostino and Adam Skillin. 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.
Nick D’Agostino holds his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Hofstra University and is currently enrolled in the New York Institute of Technology’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. Nick also maintains accreditation from other professional training organizations and is a staff member for Starting Strength Seminars. As a competitive raw strength athlete, 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.
Adam Skillin is a competitive powerlifter and strength coach who specializes in working with novice lifters. He lives in Bedminster, New Jersey and has earned a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.