It’s Time to Start Training

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It’s Time to Start Training

Do you have training plans for next year, or are you planning to exercise? Training implies that you are working toward a goal. Exercising is often confused with training, but is less effective.The best time to start training is as soon as you know you have a goal or want to make a change. Holidays are over now it time to get to work.

Why You Should Make Strength Training Your New Years Resolution

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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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AJ’s Year Long Journey

AJ has been training specifically training for strength for a year now. Here are his words and his numbers illustrating what can happen with dedication and a well thought out and executed training program. You did the work man

“Today marks a year of strength training/powerlifting! There is no secret, and I didn’t use anything fancy besides the regular ol’ “brotein” and creatine(which I just started in October). It just took time, dedicated coaching, twinkies, and the actual lifting of a barbell; adding a little more weight every week. I never thought this journey would be so successful and didn’t even dream that I’d be working with some of the greatest powerlifters in the world. A year later I have the best(and most lethal) coaching staff, four great sponsors, and of course…only the best most supportive people behind me. This all wouldn’t be possible if Adam Lauritzen didn’t send me the Dropbox which had the “Texas Method.” Thank you for everything you do, especially when you spend four hours every Friday night coaching me, making sure I don’t die. No one has ever said “I lost because I was too strong.” On a side note, my current numbers are pretty outdated, I should be PRing soon though!”

AJ's Numbers

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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.