Starting Strength Challenge Details

Starting Strength Challenge Dinosaur

The 2016 Starting Strength Challenge will take place on Sunday,  April 24th at CrossFit Oakland’s Emeryville location and I’ve got details for you. Firstly, the anticipated schedule is shown below:

07:30 – Doors Open
08:00 – Weigh In Commences by Lot Number
09:15 – Rules Briefing
09:40 – Warm ups begin, Judges and Spotters Meeting
10:15 – Lifting commences
12:00 – Yep, still lifting
15:00 – Probably getting closer to done
16:00 – Probable awards ceremony

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2016 Starting Strength Challenge

Starting Strength Challenge

I am pleased to announce the 2016 Starting Strength to be held at CrossFit Oakland. The contested lifts will be the squat, press, and deadlift. This is an unsanctioned meet. No federation membership cards are required for purchase. However, as with the Starting Strength Fall Classic, this meet will take place in conjunction with six other gyms across the US.

Here are the details:

Date Sunday, 24 April 2016
Time 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (approximate end time)
Location CrossFit Oakland Emeryville
1313 67th Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
http://goo.gl/maps/mO5vY
Cost $85
Sign Ups Eventbrite Sign Up Link
Rules Starting Strength Challenge Rules 2016
Singlet Required? Yep!

Your entrance fee assures you a spot in the premiere strengthlifting meet to be held anywhere in Emeryville on 24th of April. It also gets you a high quality t-shirt that is likely to prominently feature a dinosaur on it. T-shirts from previous meets have become highly coveted items that mark their wearers as individuals possessed of outstanding taste and refinement.

Singlets, long socks, and shoes of some sort are required equipment for the meet. Deadlifts must be done conventionally, with the hands outside of the legs. I will be building upon the tradition of the last several strengthlifting meets, ensuring an efficiently-run and enjoyable competition for both lifters and spectators. The rules are essentially identical to the 2015 Fall Classic, with two small changes.

  1. The excessive layback rule has been dropped for the press. Overextend as you see fit.
  2. For teams, you are only allowed to have one competitor per weight class.

I have room for 50 competitors this time around. Sign up and set some personal records on the platform.

Australian Starting Strength Camps

Carl Squatting While Being Coached by JordanJordan Feigenbaum and I are going to visit Australia this January to hold a series of extended Starting Strength Camps. While camps normally cover one or two lifts, we will be spending approximately eight hours to go over the squat, press, and deadlift at each workshop. The hallmarks of Starting Strength instruction are the excellent quality of coaching and the favorable trainee-to-coach ratio. This tradition is continued with our Australian camps. We will go over the reasons why we teach the lifts as we do and then we will coach you on the platform to reinforce the material. The camps are mix of focused lecture, demonstration, and lifting. We limit the camps to sixteen attendees to make sure that you get plenty of attention on the platform. Every work set on every lift will get coached. You will walk out the door a better lifter than you walked in.

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Starting Strength Fall Classic Oakland Details

Fall Classic Dino

The 2015 Starting Strength Fall Classic will take place on Sunday, October 25th at CrossFit Oakland’s Emeryville location and I’ve got details for you. Firstly, the anticipated schedule is shown below:

07:30 – Doors Open
08:00 – Weigh In Commences by Lot Number
09:15 – Rules Briefing
09:30 – Warm ups begin, Judges and Spotters Meeting
10:10 – Lifting commences
12:00 – Yep, still lifting
15:00 – Probably getting closer to done
16:00 – Probable awards ceremony

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Details for 2015 Oakland Strengthlifting Meet

TRex Black and White

The 2015 Oakland Strengthlifting Meet will take place on Sunday, May 3rd at CrossFit Oakland’s Emeryville location and some details would be of use. Firstly, the anticipated schedule is shown below:

07:30 – Doors Open
08:00 – Weigh In Commences by Lot Number
09:15 – Rules Briefing
09:30 – Warm ups begin, Judges and Spotters Meeting
10:00 – Lifting commences
12:00 – Yep, still lifting
15:00 – Probably getting closer to done
16:00 – Probable awards ceremony

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2015 Oakland Strengthlifting Meet

Deadlift

I am pleased to announce the 2015 Oakland Strengthlifting Meet to be held at CrossFit Oakland. The contested lifts will be the squat, press, and deadlift. This is an unsanctioned meet. No federation membership cards are required for purchase. Here are the details:

Date Sunday, 3 May 2015
Time 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (approximate end time)
Location CrossFit Oakland Emeryville
1313 67th Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
http://goo.gl/maps/mO5vY
Cost $65
Sign Ups Eventbrite Sign Up Link
Rules Oakland Strengthlifting Meet Rules 2015
Singlet Required? Yep!

Your entrance fee assures you a spot in the premiere strengthlifting meet to be held anywhere in Emeryville on the third of May. It also gets you a 100% cotton American Apparel t-shirt that is likely to prominently feature a dinosaur on it. T-shirts from previous meets have become highly coveted items that mark their wearers as individuals possessed of outstanding taste and refinement.

Singlets, long socks, and shoes of some sort are required equipment for the meet. I will be building upon the tradition of the last two strengthlifting meets, ensuring an efficiently-run and enjoyable competition for both lifters and spectators. I have room for 42 competitors this time around. Sign up and set some personal records on the platform.

A Video Worth Watching

I shot the video below in October 2014 while I was attending the Starting Strength Coaches Association Conference. It centers on a 91 year old woman who goes by the nickname “Gus.” She started training with barbells at the Wichita Falls Athletic Club and has realized an increased quality of life, including ditching her walker. Give it a watch.

Starting Strength European Tour 2014

Jordan Feignbaum and I will be returning to Europe over the holidays to hold Starting Strength Camps in Europe. The camps are half-day sessions that allow participants to learn and practice one or two lifts following the Starting Strength Model. The procedings will begin in mid-December when I arrive in Dublin. Jordan will join me in London the next weekend. After that we will go to Amsterdam and Copenhagen. The map above and the table below provide the locations and links for sign ups. Each camp costs $285 USD per person, with the exception of Jordan’s nutrition lecture, which costs $75 USD.

Gym Date Camp Staff Lifters
Dublin
CrossFit Perpetua
13 Dec 13:30 Squat Tom 8
Dublin
CrossFit Perpetua
14 Dec 8:00 Squat Tom 8
Dublin
CrossFit Perpetua
14 Dec 14:30 Deadlift and Power Clean Tom 8
London
CrossFit Evolving Holloway
20 Dec 13:00 Squat Tom and Jordan 16
London
CrossFit Evolving Holloway
21 Dec 15:30 Deadlift and Power Clean Tom and Jordan 16
London
CrossFit Perpetua London
23 Dec 19:00 Nutrition
Lecture
Jordan 40
Amsterdam
Reebok CrossFit 020
27 Dec 13:00 Squat Tom and Jordan 16
Amsterdam
Reebok CrossFit 020
28 Dec 14:30 Deadlift and Power Clean Tom and Jordan 16
Copenhagen
Butcher’s Lab
3 Jan 15:00 Squat Tom and Jordan 16
Copenhagen
Butcher’s Lab
4 Jan 14:00 Deadlift and Power Clean
SOLD OUT
Tom 8

More About the Camps

Starting Strength Camps are a unique learning experience. They last approximately five hours and provide an opportunity to study one or two lifts in detail. The camps start with a lecture covering pertinent anatomy, physics, and form hallmarks of the Starting Strength Method for the given lift. Participants then put the concepts addressed in the lecture into practice while receiving coaching through their warm ups and work sets. We wrap up the camps with  discussions regarding strength programming, injury prevention, and a question and answer session.

There are no prerequisites for attendance. The camps are open to beginning lifters as well as those further along in their training advancement. If you desire a deeper understanding of the lifts, or need some help to nail down your technique from coaches that thoroughly understand these exercises as laid out in Starting Strength, then these camps are for you.

This year, Jordan will hold a nutrition lecture covering topics ranging from muscle protein synthesis, diet compliance,  and macronutrient requirements to cutting edge sports supplementation for strength athletes. The evening will end with a question and answer session. The total running time will be between two to three hours.

Both Jordan and I are Starting Strength Coaches and members of Mark Rippetoe’s staff. We conduct these half day camps as well as the full the full two-and-a-half day Starting Strength seminars throughout the USA and internationally and have been doing so for years.  Additionally, Jordan has an extensive academic background and a wealth of both  personal and professional experience in sports nutrition. You will be in good hands. We look forward to seeing you there.

October Iron Fest 2014 Details

Oakland October Iron Fest LogoWe are a little bit less than a week away from the 2014 October Iron Fest taking place at CrossFit Oakland’s Emeryville location and it is time to provide some details. Firstly, the anticipated schedule is shown below:

07:30 – Doors Open
08:00 – Weigh In Commences by Lot Number
09:15 – Rules Briefing
09:30 – Warm ups begin, Judges and Spotters Meeting
10:00 – Lifting commences
12:00 – Yep, still lifting
15:00 – Probably getting closer to done
16:00 – Probable awards ceremony

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