Spend the day learning the theory and practice of the low bar back squat with Starting Strength Coaches Jarrod Schaefer and Patrick Wu. The session will begin with a lecture focused on the basics of the movement and will include a discussion of the anatomy and forces at work in the lift. 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. After the 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 ten to allow for individualized instruction.
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.
Jarrod Schaefer is a Starting Strength Coach and Head Coach of Starting Strength Austin in Texas. Jarrod maintains numerous professional certifications and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Austin, where he studied Psychology and Sociology Honors. He has close to 7 years of experience in the fitness industry and has worked with clients of all ages and skill levels, from helping young men squat double bodyweight, to helping mother-in-law stand up off the couch. Jarrod has a diverse competitive background, and has competed as a physique bodybuilder, football player, shot-putter, discus-thrower, and sprinter.
Patrick Wu is a Starting Strength Coach at Starting Strength Austin. He has a Bachelors of Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. He’s been coaching at Starting Strength Austin for over a year, teaching the primary movements to new lifters of a variety of backgrounds and abilities.