We offer three distinct programs for the development of lifters & coaches:
If you are looking for a coach on an individual basis, you can search our Starting Strength Coach Directory (right side, this page). The listing contains those who've been awarded the Starting Strength Coach designation based on their successful completion of a Starting Strength Seminar.
And if you are a Starting Strength Coach, we welcome your participation in the Starting Strength Coaches Association.
The Starting Strength Seminar is the first of its type in the fitness industry. Led by Mark Rippetoe, the SSS teaches the methods of basic barbell training detailed in Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training and Practical Programming for Strength Training. This method deconstructs the five basic barbell exercises down to their elements in skeletal and muscular anatomy, and then derives a system for performing and coaching them based on the biomechanics of the loaded human body moving in a gravitational framework.
The Starting Strength Seminar is an intensive exposure to all the information from which the Starting Strength system is derived. The 3-day format allows for an in-depth exploration of the theoretical basis of the system, as well as a thorough under-the-bar practical session for each exercise. The basics of coaching, biomechanics, lifting efficiency, and safety are developed into a logical and effective system of barbell training that forms the best possible foundation for any strength and conditioning program.
Training camps are one-day events where the focus is on improving your performance under the bar. Camps focus on the squat, presses (press and/or bench press) or pulls (deadlift and/or clean and/or snatch). Each camp begins with a lecture focused on the basics of the movement and a discussion of the anatomy and forces at work. This is followed by a platform session where participants receive coaching through their warm up and work sets. Through the entire process, attendees learn the hallmarks of properly executed movements and how they should look and feel when they are performed correctly. Camps finish with question and answer sessions, programming discussion, and how to identify and correct common technical problems. Whether you are just starting out with strength training, struggling with the basics of the lifts, or looking to polish your technique and understanding of these movements, you will come away with valuable insights and experience to benefit your training.
Since the beginning of 2010, Mark Rippetoe and staff have held Starting Strength Seminars throughout the United States and Canada, and more than 200 people have earned the Starting Strength Coaching Certificate. The Starting Strength Coaches Association was formally announced in 2012. No action is required to join – if you have passed the seminar and have the Starting Strength Coach Certificate, you are a member of the association. No membership dues or further action on your part is necessary at this time. The Starting Strength Coach Certificate is not easily earned. This is what makes it valuable and provides a high level of quality assurance to prospective trainees. While you as coaches possess the skills needed to effectively train others using barbells, you now have the opportunity to begin building a community of professionals around this system.
The inaugural Starting Strength Coaches Association Conference marked the first step toward that goal. Held October 5-7th in Wichita Falls, TX, the program featured lectures on a wide variety of topics that were complimented by practical sessions as well as the opportunity to build the Starting Strength Coaches community. We encourage all Starting Strength Coaches to participate in the growth of the Association as we continue to move forward.
Registration for the 2013 event is now open!
Friday Oct. 5
5:00 - 6:00 Matt Reynolds – Conditioning with the Prowler
6:00 - 7:00 Rip – The Split Snatch
7:00 - 9:00 Open Workout
Saturday Oct. 6
9:00 - 10:00 Rip – Welcome and Keynote address
10:00 - 11:00 Andy Baker – Running a Gym on the SS Model
11:00 - 12:00 Tom Campitelli – Running a SSTC
12:00 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 3:00 Rip – Practical Session: The Press 2.0
3:00 - 4:00 Kirk Karwoski – From Cadet to Captain
4:00 - 5:00 Jonathan Sullivan MD – The Importance of What We Do
6:30 BBQ, Beer, Other Adult Beverages
Sunday Oct. 7
9:00 – 10:00 Business meeting: Where Should the SSCA Go From Here?
10:00 - 10:30 Rip – Equipping the SS Gym
10:45 - 12:00 Dr. Stef Bradford – The Coaching Eye from the Inside Out
12:00 - 1:00 Jonathan Sullivan MD – Injuries
1:00 - 2:30 Lunch
2:30 - 5:00 Rip, Kirk, Sully, Andy et al – Roundtable