Spend the day learning the theory and practice of the low bar back squat and the deadlift with Starting Strength Coaches Adam Fangman and Anna Marie Oakes-Joudy.
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 small 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.
Adam Fangman became a Starting Strength Coach in the fall of 2018 and has been involved in competitive athletics since junior high. He has competed in football, wrestling, baseball, and track. After leaving competitive athletics he turned to the weight room for physical maintenance and discovered Starting Strength in 2014. He has coached and trained for over four years now and currently competes in strengthlifting with a 490 lb squat, 240 lb press, and 575 lb deadlift and coaches in person clients in Seattle and online clients across the US and abroad.
Anna Marie is one of a great group of Starting Strength Coaches working in Washington. She’s a homeschooling mom of 5 kids, a competitive powerlifter, and the Owner and Operator of AM_Strength in Tacoma. Anna Marie PRd her deadlift while 32 weeks pregnant and trained up to the week she gave birth to her 5th child. She has experience coaching people in all walks of life and in all stages of health. Anna Marie offers Personal Coaching sessions, Form Check sessions, Remote Coaching and has been working with the model for 5+ years. She would argue that Strength is the most important tool in every day life. Go see her when you’re in town!