Starting Strength Online Coaching Launching Soon!

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Starting Strength Online Coaching Launching Soon!

Coaching helps people get better results faster than had they run through the process of trial and error alone. People seek out coaching for this reason. Online coaching provides flexibility in location and schedule for folks that have no access to an in-person coach. However, the internet is dark and full of terrors. Sometimes it seems as though to be an online coach all you need is an Instagram account, some good genetics, and colorful scientific sounding words. Thankfully Starting Strength has entered the fray: online coaching that has a logical basis, formed from decades of in-person experience. Use the experience of Starting Strength Coaches to GET STRONG.

Learn more: The Launch of Strarting Strength Online Coaching

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Mark Rippetoe Interview by the Guys from Onnit

In this interview Rip discusses why there are multiple editions of both books. It’s not the same reason as your textbooks  from school. When the method or writing can be improved it’s time for a new edition. People that teach anything should be able to answer the question “why?” when their students ask.

Rip also discusses starting the program, training (as opposed to exercise) and some physics (strength as it relates to power).

And finally an inspirational from Rip: “Get up off of your lazy asses and get something accomplished, because you can.”


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Everyone Can Benefit From Having A Coach, Even A Coach

As weights get heavier small flaws in form creep in making lifts harder, at a point when the loudest thought in your mind is “this is heavy.” You can get through the lift but not as cleanly as you would have liked. At some point this will happen in everyone’s training. So what can you do? Sure you could film yourself, but there are a few problems with that. One problem is that generally you can only get one angle of your lift. Another problem is the lack of immediate feedback for each repetition as they occur, meaning you have to wait to see the film before you can make an adjustment. The superior option is to get a coach. A coach can (and should) look at the movement from multiple angles and give you feedback with adjustments while you are under the bar.

I am fortunate to have Starting Strength Coach Nick Delgadillo right here in Reno. Nick and I met at Silverback Strength and Conditioning and got to work. I knew something wasn’t quite right with my squat but I couldn’t put my finger on it. As expected the warm up weights were fine, and as I got into my work set I was relaxing my low back a little bit. Obviously I couldn’t see this, but Nick could. I had the feedback to correct the problem right then, and be aware of it for the future. Had I not talked to Nick I would have wasted training time, maybe weeks or months, until I figured it out on my own. As it happens I was able to progress in the following squat session and it felt great. Still heavy, still challenging but I didn’t have to wonder about my form.

The moral of the story is: get a good coach. Right now. Everyone needs a coach, even coaches. A fresh, trained pair of eyes that can see what you can’t will only benefit you. It will save you time on the way to achieving your goals.

Adam Lauritzen
President, Silverback Strength and Conditioning

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A Guide for the Novice

This article is a condensed guide for the novice lifter written by Starting Strength Coach Michael Wolf. Keep in mind that the Starting Strength definition of novice concerns how long it takes for you to recover from a workout, not how many years you’ve been training or how much you lift. You are a novice if you can recover from a workout, meaning you can add weight to the bar in a given lift in about 24-72 hours after each workout. A good coach will exploit this rapid recovery, saving time and getting the lifter stronger sooner. When the lifter can longer does this they have ceased to be a novice.

Given this definition, someone who was once and advanced competitive athlete that was very strong but has since stopped training due to injury or life, would be a novice when they started training again. The only difference is their novice period may be shorter in length depending on circumstance.

Without further ado:

Novice Lifters Start Here by Michael Wolf







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Dr. John Petrizzo On Injuries

This is an awesome presentation that helps define injuries so everyone is talking about the same thing. The studies and statistics present a picture of how safe weight lifting really is, despite the conventional wisdom that weight lifting will destroy your joints and thus your life. Also he takes time to specifically identify information regarding the lack of negative effect on growth plate cartilage in young lifters. Basically, quality coaching reduces the risk of injury when trying and if you already have something going on a good coach can help you train with out hurting you. It’s very cool that stuff like this is included as part of the continuing education of a Starting Strength Coach. This is part 1.


Dr. Petrizzo Weightlifting Injury Presentation pt 1

Dr. Petrizzo Weightlifting Injury Presentation pt 2

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Starting Strength Camps Series!

Silverback Strength and Conditioning is very excited to host all three Starting Strength Camps on three consecutive weekends in January. Each camp will begin with a lecture covering theory, anatomy, and some physics. The day will then continue with a practical application session where participants will get time to perform the lifts while being coached. A discussion regarding programming and common technical errors will finish out the day. The camps are designed for all lifters whether it is to learn the lifts, improve the lifts or just get coached in real time. Each camp is limited to 8 participants to ensure quality personal instruction.

Squat Camp

Press Camp

Pull Camp

All three camps will be taught by Starting Strength Staff Coach Nick Delgadillo, aka Coach Nikolai. Nick Delgadillo

Nick has been a Starting Strength Coach since 2011,  coaching and teaching for over 10 years. In addition to nearly a decade as a Muay Thai practitioner, he is a certified Krav Maga Instructor through Krav Maga Worldwide and Alpha Krav Maga and has trained hundreds of civilian, law enforcement, private security and military personnel in basic and advanced defensive tactics and close combat techniques. Nick serves on the Starting Strength Seminar Staff and is a strength coach at American Iron Gym in Reno, NV. He also owns Contact Combat Institute which specializes in high stress training for personal protection and strength coaching.