Spend the day improving your performance on the squat and the deadlift with Starting Strength Coaches Victoria Diaz and Mark Diffley.
The camp will focus on good execution of the lifts, the practical aspects of performing the lifts, and how they fit into a training program. Participants will spend lots of time on the platform receiving coaching and instruction on the squat and deadlift in a small group setting. Through the process, attendees will learn the hallmarks of a properly executed squat and how it should look and feel when it is performed correctly. Participants will go through the practical portion of the squat and then take a short break.
Following the break, the coaches will discuss the Starting Strength model of the deadlift and the anatomy and mechanics involved in the pull. Lifters will learn the 5 Step Deadlift Setup while being coached through their warm-ups and work sets. Similar to the squat session, attendees will learn how a correctly performed deadlift should look and feel when done according to the model.
After the deadlift 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 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.
What to Bring
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. You are also encouraged to wear a 100% cotton shirt if possible or avoid wearing any slick/moisture wicking material. Please also wear knee-high socks, or sweat pants to allow the barbell to contact the shins without causing abrasions.
Mark Diffley has been involved in barbell coaching for over a decade. Mark discovered Starting Strength in 2011 while coaching CrossFit and received his SSC in January of 2013. Mark has a background in mechanical engineering and was immediately hooked by the mechanical analysis and logic found in Starting Strength method. He is currently head coach at Starting Strength Austin where he works with clients from a variety of backgrounds using the Starting Strength method.
Victoria Diaz, a Starting Strength Coach since 2017, began her professional career pursuing fitness in New York. Here, she earned a diploma from a state licensed vocational school in the Personal Training Master Course in March 2015 and began working at a high end fitness boutique, coaching a multiform clientele base. While so employed, she became a student of the Starting Strength model and its methodologies. To augment her practices as a coach, she is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She enjoys the thrills of competing in strength lifting; but even more, she loves to watch her athletes reap the thrill of achieving new personal records after months of hard work. Coach Diaz left New York to become the Head Coach at Starting Strength, San Antonio.