Starting Strength Seminar – August 9-11, 2024 Wichita Falls, TX


The Starting Strength Seminar – open to lifters and coaches at any level.

Staff: Mark Rippetoe and TBD

Wichita Falls Athletic Club
3118 Buchanan St
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
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Program Schedule:
Friday, 5-9 pm
Saturday, 8 am – 8 pm, with a 1-hour break
Sunday, 8 am – 7 pm, with a 1-hour break

Seminar — Pay in Full $995
Seminar — Pay in Installments $1095 [balance due July 12]
Audit $495

SKU: SSS-20240809-TX Categories: ,

The Starting Strength Seminar: The Complete Method teaches the system of barbell training detailed in the books Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training and Practical Programming for Strength Training. It features an in-depth examination of the physiology, biomechanics, and execution of the 5 basic barbell exercises at a level of detail unavailable in any other seminar in the industry. The SSS is the most detailed exposure to any training method offered in the fitness/exercise/training education marketplace, available to both the serious strength and conditioning professional and the trainee interested in improving personal performance under the bar.

The professional S&C coach will take the course for the credential the successful applicant obtains: The Starting Strength Coach. The non-professional will take the course for the exposure to the complete suite of Starting Strength materials and the chance to be evaluated on its understanding, as either a possible precursor to professional status or for personal development as a lifter and athlete.

This method deconstructs the five basic barbell exercises – the squat, deadlift, press, bench press, and power clean – down to their basic elements in biomechanics and skeletal and muscular anatomy, and then derives a system for performing and coaching them based on the the most efficient and productive way of approaching each movement.

The Starting Strength Seminar: The Complete Method is an intensive exposure to all the information from which the Starting Strength system is derived. The 3-day format allows for an in-depth exploration of the theoretical basis of the system, as well as a thorough under-the-bar practical session for each exercise which provides for the evaluation of each participant on the basis of both lifting and coaching the method. The basics of barbell training are developed into a logical and effective system that forms the best possible foundation for any strength and conditioning program. Please note that there are no prerequisites for attending this course.

The SSS currently offers two levels of completion. First, attendance at the complete seminar provides a Certificate of Attendance. Competence in the system will also be evaluated by the staff on the ability of the participant to demonstrate understanding as both athlete and coach in the practical sessions.

Second, experienced coaches that wish to be candidates for the Starting Strength Coach credential can elect to be evaluated at a higher level of scrutiny. These coaches should come prepared with a background in weight training and coaching, a working knowledge of muscular and skeletal anatomy, an excellent familiarity with the foundational texts, and an ability to communicate effectively. They will be expected to conclusively demonstrate their ability to function as coaches of the Starting Strength method.

Lifters who just want to improve their understanding of barbell training, its techniques and its programming, can expect the most informative and productive weekend available in the entire fitness industry, guaranteed.


Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. Each seminar has limited enrollment, with athlete:coach ratios of 5 or less.

You can secure your place with a deposit of 1/2 the seminar fee or by full payment. If you pay with the deposit method, payment must be completed at least 4 weeks before the start of the seminar. Only the full payment option is available within the last 4 weeks before the event.


Friday 5-9 pm :: Coaching, Strength Training Theory, Biomechanics
Saturday 8-8 pm :: Squat, Deadlift, Bench Press
Sunday 8-7 pm :: Power Clean, Press, Programming, Q&A

Audit Option

The audit-only option is for people who wish to attend the lectures and OBSERVE the on-platform practical sessions, either before or again after participating in the full Starting Strength Seminar. No platform interaction is involved in the audit-only option – you will NOT be performing any of the exercises, and no feedback on your technique or programming will be available. This option is designed for people who wish to review the material and observe the instruction.

No certificate will be given for auditing the course, and no credit from the audit can be applied to future Starting Strength Seminar participation.

The audit ends immediately after the Programming lecture on Sunday afternoon, at approximately 4pm.

Seminar Registration Agreement (Starting Strength Seminars)

Payments are processed as they are received. Order confirmations/order numbers serve as tickets to the event. Registrations reserved by partial payment must be paid in full by 4 weeks from the seminar date. If payment of the full fee has not been completed by this date your reservation at that seminar may be cancelled and made available to other parties. If this occurs, your partial payment tickets are eligible for transfer to other seminars with payment of the applicable transfer fee.

If payment is by check or money order, your payment to complete partial reservations must be received by the payment deadline. Once payment is processed, your receipt serves as ticket to the event.

Registrations made within the 4 weeks preceding the event can be made via full payment only.

Payments received are not refundable. They will be applied to the seminar selected, or in the event of your transfer, a subsequent seminar. Transfers from the original seminar to another can be made before the partial payment deadline, 4 weeks before the seminar begins, with the payment of the $100 transfer fee. After that time, the transfer fee increases to $250. No transfers may be made within 48 hrs of the beginning of the seminar event.

Instead of requesting a transfer, the owner of a seminar ticket may choose to sell it to another party. Please notify customerservice@aasgaardco.com of the transferred ownership and provide the name, email and phone contact information of the receiving party.

If you do not transfer and fail to attend the event, your ticket is expired and no refund is due.

To transfer a registration, contact customerservice@aasgaardco.com.

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Q1—How should I prepare for the seminar?

Background reading: A good foundation will allow you to learn more during the seminar. This is true even though theory and teaching methods are updated continually and are significantly advanced from the current published foundational texts Starting Strength: Basic Barbell TrainingPractical Programming for Strength Training). It is recommended that you be familiar with these, as well as the The Novice Effect article available at StartingStrength.com. Reviews of basic skeletal and muscular anatomy may also be helpful.

Physical prep: Please do not make good training during the seminar difficult by depleting your reserves and creating extreme soreness with ambitious and/or silly workouts in the week leading up to the seminar. Excessive volume is the main enemy here. Please use common sense. You will be working up to relatively heavy sets on each lift as your form allows (~80-90% of 5RM for squat/press/deadlift/bench press and 85-95% of 3RM on power clean).

Q2—What should I bring to the seminar?

Friday: 5-9 pm Please arrive a few minutes before start time to check in, sign the waiver, fill out the registration form and fight for the best seats. The entire period will be lecture, so come ready to listen and take notes. A course binder with an outline of the material will be handed out. You may want to bring extra paper so that there’s no chance you’ll run out of writing room.

Since room temperature preferences vary, and the environment may not match yours, make sure to bring appropriate clothing for your needs. If you have questions about the venue (eg is a refrigerator/microwave/etc available for use), please contact the hosting facility listed on the seminar store page.

Saturday: 8 am-8 pm Saturday will alternate between lecture and practical sessions covering the squat, deadlift and bench press. Lunch will be ~1hr, between squat and deadlift sessions.

Bring: training shoes, training clothes (cotton t-shirt, long socks/long pants/sweats for deadlift, some kind of shorts/pants for the squat & bench press — note that pants/shorts/sweats MUST be stretchy to prevent interference with movement.), your writing materials from Friday and food/drinks to get you through a long day.

Sunday: 8 am-7 pm. Sunday will cover lecture and practical sessions on the clean and the press. Lunch will be ~1hr. The afternoon will be devoted to programming and the Q&A session.

Bring: training shoes, training clothes (cotton t-shirt, long socks/long pants/sweats for clean, some kind of shorts/pants for the press — note that pants/shorts/sweats MUST be stretchy to prevent interference with movement.), your writing materials from Friday + Saturday and food/drinks to get you through another long day.

PLEASE NOTE THAT FINISH TIMES FOR EACH DAY ARE GUIDELINES. Days run longer when additional discussion or platform time is required to meet the needs of attendees.  

Q3—Who attends Starting Strength Seminars?

Starting Strength Seminars are attended by lifters of all levels of experience – from those who haven’t started barbell training to advanced lifters. Ages of attendees have ranged from 16 to 83. About one-third of the seminar attendees are working in the fitness industry as personal trainers or strength coaches.

Q4—How do I test to become a Starting Strength Coach?

Starting Strength Coach candidates must display mastery of the Starting Strength method:

    1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
    2. Must elect to be evaluated as a coach at the beginning of the seminar. The cost for opting in for coaching evaluation is $200, paid Friday at the seminar by cash, check, or credit card.
    3. Platform performance :: The coaching staff evaluates each attendee on their ability to demonstrate basic competence in each lift as well as to effectively coach each movement. Coaching is evaluted according to the criteria discussed in the coaching lecture:
      1. Understanding of the model of the lift
      2. Use of the teaching method
      3. Ability to identify deviations from the model and provide direct, concise, appropriately-timed and prioritized cues to effectively correct movement errors in real time.
    4. Oral exam :: In the weeks after the seminar, an oral exam will be administered by videoconference to those who have completed the course and passed the platform performance evaluation. The oral exam tests the ability of the attendee to integrate an understanding of the theoretical model on which the Starting Strength method is based, basic physiology and anatomy, and strength training programming. Course material, foundational texts, general science, as well as practical experience are sources which the attendee is expected to draw on to provide detailed answers to each question.
    5. Remedial written/oral exam :: The oral board examiners may allow make-up exam to follow up with promising candidates who required extra study in specific areas of the initial exam.

The attendee that meets all of the requirements above, has shown the ability to apply efficient mechanical analysis based on the material taught in the seminar and to adequately coach the Starting Strength method is granted a Starting Strength Coach certificate.

Q5—How do I get a completion certificate and continuing education for attending a seminar?

Completion certificates are distributed at the end of each seminar to attendees who have been participated throughout the weekend.

Continuing education credits are available to professionals who are licensed or certified through other organizations. Inquire with your overseeing body to determine their procedures and documentation of attendance. We’ll provide additional information to your authority as needed. Typically documentation includes verification of your attendance, documentation of the hours of the course, description of the course, and credentials of instructors involved in course delivery.

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