Spend the day learning the theory and practice of the low bar back squat, the press, and the deadlift with Starting Strength Coaches Paul Horn and Grant Broggi.
The camp will begin with a lecture focused on the basics of the squat and the press and will include a discussion of the Starting Strength model of the lifts, including the anatomy and forces at work in their execution. We will move into a practical session with plenty of time under the bar for all 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 press and how it should look and feel when it is performed correctly. Participants will go through the practical portion of the squat, take a short break and then go through the practical portion of the press. Following the press portion of the camp, we will take a 45 minute break for lunch.
Following the lunch break, we will discuss the Starting Strength model of the deadlift and the anatomy and mechanics involved in the pull. After the brief 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 and press 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.
Paul has been a certified Starting Strength Coach since 2012 and was a member of the Starting Strength Seminar Staff for several years. From 2014 to 2020, he owned and operated Horn Strength & Conditioning—the first Starting Strength Affiliate Gym on the West Coast (Los Angeles). In 2021, Paul relocated to Boise, Idaho to help open Starting Strength Boise. He has dedicated his career to helping people of all ages and athletic capabilities build stronger, more useful bodies through a straightforward, systematic approach to barbell training.
Grant has been utilizing and coaching the Starting Strength method since 2013 and received his Starting Strength Coach’s Credential after attending a January 2016 Seminar. A former USMC Officer, Grant is the owner/operator of The Strength Co., with Starting Strength Affiliate Gyms in Costa Mesa and Villa Park, CA, as well as producing The Strength Co. strength training equipment.