Spend the day learning the theory and practice of The Press and The Bench Press with Starting Strength Coaches Jordan Stanton and Ryan O’Connell-Peller. 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 for the press, 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. Following a break for lunch, participants will participate on a practical session on the bench press, with focus not only on the movement itself, but also on proper spotting and safety techniques. After the bench 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 the lift, 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.
Jordan Stanton RN, SSC, is the head strength coach of Next Level Barbell and President of the United States Strengthlifting Federation. Jordan is proud to be a certified Starting Strength Coach. He has been a competitive athlete in basketball, football, bowling, triathlon, strongman, and powerlifting. Currently he is a high-level powerlifting competitor with 655lb squat, 445lb bench press, and a 667lb deadlift. Jordan, when not moving iron, can often be found on the jiu jitsu mats, the rock wall, and the local swimming pool. After receiving his BSN degree from the University of Portland in 2009, Jordan spent ten years as a critical care nurse. He uses his extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and medicine to the benefit of his clients.
Ryan O’Connell-Peller SSC is Brooklyn born and raised. Ryan started his career in the strength training industry with the 6-month intensive Master Course at the Focus Personal Training Institute in NYC, where he first learned the Starting Strength model of lifting. He graduated at the top of his class and was immediately hired as a personal trainer at Focus Integrated Fitness, where he began assisting new students in the barbell lifts at the weekly Focus Barbell Club. Ryan traveled across the country from New York to Portland Oregon, joining Next Level Barbell in 2018. Ryan competed in powerlifting and newly-founded strengthlifting meets, currently practices Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and works with clients of all ages, fitness levels, and goals, because he believes strength is crucial to life.