Spend the day learning the theory and practice of the low bar back squat and the deadlift with Starting Strength Coaches Adam Martin and Mia Inman.
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 entire 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.
Adam Martin has a history training and coaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in West Virginia. He began training with the Starting Strength model in 2019 and put on 70 pounds. He squatted 550 lb, deadlifted 600 lb, pressed 255 lb, and benched 420 lb. He began coaching clients all over the Cincinnati area in 2020 and then received his SSC in early 2022. His goal as a coach is to help others overcome their personal battles and adversity while finding their inner confidence. Adam believes, “Strength is fundamental to a well-lived life. Anything you do, you are better at it if you are strong. Whether you are a nurse, physician, dentist, football player. You are better at it if you are strong.”
Mia became a Starting Strength Coach in 2013. She coaches evenings and weekends, out of her home gym in Yellow Springs, Ohio. An electromechanical engineer by day, Mia is also a mentor in the SS Coach Development Course and works with the local Starting Strength Gyms in development of their apprentice coaches.