FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What can I expect on my first day?
If you’re new to Starting Strength, you’ll need to complete a Starting Strength Intro prerequisite. On day one you will learn to squat, press, and deadlift in line with the Starting Strength model. We’ll establish a strength baseline based on your ability to execute the lifts with perfect form. From there, you’ll sign into our digital logbook app and work with your coach to plan your programming for the next training session.
For trainees that have been coached by a Starting Strength Coach before, you can join a group training session on day one, based on the schedule you signed up for. You’ll arrive at the gym, change into your lifting shoes, grab a rack, we’ll assign you a lifting partner, and then you can start your warm up. Let your coach know when you’re ready for your last warm-up and each of your work-sets.
How does the program work?
Each trainee receives individualized programming in line with the Starting Strength model. Adjustments are made for each trainee based on injury status, health status, age, sex, and current level of training advancement.
What’s the format of the gym?
The Starting Strength Gym model revolves around small group training sessions to ensure that each trainee gets dedicated coaching and programming. The group format brings the cost of coaching down to a level where more trainees can afford to train with a coach three times a week. Training with a coach is ideal to maximize progress and minimize injury risk due to poor form.
How much is membership?
I’m new to barbell training, old, injured, unathletic, and/or otherwise worried about strength training. Can I do Starting Strength?
Most everyone can do Starting Strength, or a modified version depending on your specific situation. Send us an email about yourself so we can provide you more detailed feedback.
Do I need to commit to a set training schedule?
Yes, Starting Strength Gym members are committed strength trainees that train on a set schedule, only missing sessions due to travel, injury, illness, or another unavoidable reason. The process of training differs from exercise because it is planned in advance to achieve a pre-defined outcome. That plan is referred to as programming, and programming needs to be completed on a consistent schedule for it to be effective. Trainees commit to either a M/W/F schedule or a T/Th/Sa - at the same time each week to ensure that there’s adequate time for recovery. Note, Saturdays are open gym - see gym schedule for details.
What equipment do I need?
For day one, you’ll simply need shorts or pants that don’t impinge your range of motion - so that you can perform a full depth squat. If you wear shorts, wear long socks to cover your shins for the deadlift. You’ll also need a cotton t-shirt and hard-soled shoes. You’ll want to purchase weightlifting shoes after you join. Be sure to discuss apparel and accessories with your coach.
I want to train, but none of the available sessions match my schedule. Any other options?
Our small group training sessions are on a fixed schedule, but please let us know if you prefer another time-slot. If we get enough inquiries, we may add more availability. Otherwise feel free to email us about private coaching options.
How can I become a coach?
Email us to discuss our apprenticeship program.
I’m interested in opening my own Starting Strength Gym, is that possible?
Details on gym ownership can be found at www.startingstrengthgyms.com
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