Spend the day learning the theory and practice of the low bar back squat and the deadlift with Starting Strength Coaches Phil Meggers and Tyler Holm.
The camp will begin with a lecture focused on the basics of the squat and will include a discussion of the Starting Strength model of the lift, including the anatomy and forces at work in its execution. We will move into a practical session with plenty of time under the bar 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 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. After the lecture, lifters will learn the 5-steps of a properly performed deadlift 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.
Phil Meggers was a former high school math and physics teacher for over a decade, when he started coaching the barbell lifts to high school students and soon found himself teaching and coaching their parents as well. As a Starting Strength Coach since 2013, Phil has been privileged to coach the young and the old, the fit and the frail, athletes and those who think they aren’t athletes. He has a passion for teaching and coaching people to get stronger because strength simply makes everything easier. Phil is the owner of Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE.
Tyler Holm is an engineer with a lifting problem. He has been coaching friends and family since college, and started officially coaching at Testify Strength and Conditioning in 2015. He is also a competitive powerlifter and weightlifter, and loves to introduce people to the lifelong pursuit of strength.