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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Rules for October Iron Fest

October Iron Fest LogoThe rules for the upcoming October Iron Fest are now available for your perusal. They are almost identical to the ones used in the meet I put on in April. The changes include:

  • Singlets are not required. Shorts and t-shirt are okay for this meet. I argued in favor of singlets, but was voted down. Next time…
  • Shins still need to be protected with long socks for the deadlift. Tights or sweat pants will also be permitted. However, don’t wear sweatpants. Just get the socks, or wear tights. The judges cannot really see if your knees are locked out in sweats. This is another one where I was voted down.
  • If you are on the edge of a weight class and need to strip down to make weight, we will assign a sex-appropriate official to weigh you in a private location.

The meet is now sold out. Thank you to everyone who registered.

October Iron Fest – A Starting Strength Event

Pre-SquatI am going to be holding another strengthlifting meet at CrossFit Oakland’s Emeryville location on Saturday, October 25th. Details and a full set of rules specific to this competition will follow.  However, the same basic rules from the previous meet will apply. Lifters will have three attempts to establish a one-repetition maximum for the squat, press, and deadlift. The cost for the meet is $60 and that includes a t-shirt that may or may not have a dinosaur on it.

Sign Up Here for the Meet

There is a twist, however.  Starting Strength coaches from across the US and Canada will be holding a meet with the same rules on the same Saturday, too.  Not only will you be able to compete against those who show up in Emeryville, but you will have your results combined with meets taking place at the following gyms:

More details will be published in the coming days and weeks. The meet back in April was a big success and I am looking forward to holding this one. I do not know of many powerlifting federations, if any, that have held meets around the US  and Canada at the same time and combined their results, either. The rules governing this meet were developed by Mark Rippetoe and are taking place under the aegis of Starting Strength. It is not sanctioned by any powerlifting federation, nor is there any federation card to purchase. I look forward to seeing you in October.

Oakland Strengthlifting Meet Results

Strengthlifting Meet LogoThe Oakland Strengthlifting Meet has drawn to a close. We had 30 competitors vying for a chance to walk home with a stuffed dinosaur. At the end of the day, Sean Stangl and Kristy Hawkins earned the highly sought-after prizes. A full set of results are available below:

Oakland Strengthlifting Meet 2014 Results PDF

A sincere thanks to my loaders, judges, and volunteers who ensured the meet moved along so smoothly. Also, thank you to everyone who signed up and lifted on Sunday. With some luck perhaps we can all get together and do this again.

Meet Schedule and Lot Numbers

Pre-Squat

In just a few days, thirty-two individuals will square off to determine who will walk away with a stuffed dinosaur.  A video will be forthcoming, perhaps today or tomorrow going over a few things about how the meet will flow along with a reminder on some of the rules.

The general schedule will be as follows:

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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First Prize

T. Rex
To the victors go the spoils

The 2014 Oakland Strengthlifting Meet is a little over a week away. There will be six awards given to lifters.  The best male and female lifters calculated from the Wilks formula will walk home with the gentleman pictured above.  Best lifters in the lightweight/heavyweight divisions for men and women will also receive awards.

There will be traditional weight classes for men and women as outlined in the rules and winners from each weight class will be announced. However, no physical awards will be handed out for the weight classes. Bragging rights will be their own reward.

The meet sold out a week or two ago. Thank you to everyone who registered. I am looking forward to it.