A New Relationship with Barbell Medicine

In August 2018 I decided to formally relinquished my Starting Strength Coach credential, and Sydney Strength Training’s “a Starting Strength Gym” title.

I became a Starting Strength Coach in August 2016, and was the first in Sydney as well as Australia.

This was a great honour and I will be eternally grateful to Starting Strength and Mark Rippetoe for the opportunities that being a Starting Strength Coach, and owning a Starting Strength Gym, have afforded me.

I was also a coach at Starting Strength Online Coaching for a period of time, and was able to distill what I believed did, and didn’t work, in an online coaching environment.

As time passed, and my experience and knowledge grew, I found myself drawn towards coaching tools that didn’t necessarily conform with the stated positions of Starting Strength, and Starting Strength Online Coaching.

It is my belief that to be the most effective coach you must have a vast array of tools at your disposal, and be afforded the freedom to dispatch these tools as your experience, and the best evidence, deems necessary.

With that being said it is with great pride and pleasure that I announce my position as a coach with Barbell Medicine.

At Barbell Medicine we draw upon the best available evidence to formulate approaches to training and health, that are cutting edge in the health and fitness industry. We are not married to our approach, and as evidence arises that refutes our positions, we are willing to absorb this and evolves the way we coach.

As a coach with Barbell Medicine I am encouraged to express my coaching skills without constraint, in the quest to give my online clients the ultimate online coaching experience, not just by giving them effective programming and form analysis, but by tailoring these programs to their individual lifestyle and psychology.

I will be available with Barbell Medicine for one-on-one online coaching where I provide my clients programs customised to their specific goals whether that be weight loss, powerlifting, hypertrophy, strength or just general health.

You can also find me on the Barbell Medicine Group Programming private Facebook group where I offer our clients form checks and advice about their programming.

To find out more about Barbell Medicine check out: www.barbellmedicine.com

For Barbell Medicine customised Online Coaching: https://www.barbellmedicine.com/consults-and-contact/

For Barbell Medicine Group Programming: https://www.barbellmedicine.com/product/monthly-group-programming/

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Sydney Strength Training at the Powerlifting Australia Masters National Championships

On the first weekend of August 2018, Sydney Strength Training coaches Joe Pemberton and Rheece Stennett took two amazing women down to Melbourne to compete in the Powerlifting Australia Master Championships.

Coached by Joe Pemberton and Rheece Stennett, Jane Smedley and Marion Baird performed extremely well, setting records in their respective masters categories.

Jane broke both the Bench Press and Deadlift records, as well as setting a new ‘total’ record (combination of squat, bench press and deadlift). Marion also broke the Deadlift record in her category, 12 months after having a complete knee replacement (see full results below).

The whole Sydney Strength Training community are very proud of these two women, who can now lead the charge for the future wave of masters powerlifters that Sydney Strength Training specialises in training.

Jane Smedley:

Squat: 85/91/92.5

Bench press: 55/58r/60r

Deadlift: 125.5r/135r/140x

Total: 287.5

And finally – the M3 deadlift title. What a great day for Jane. So proud to be associated with her and Sydney Strength Training #sydneystrengthtraining #powerliftingaustralia

Posted by Marion D Baird on Saturday, 4 August 2018

Marion Baird:

Squat: 45/50/55

Bench press: 40/45/47.5

Deadlift: 110/120.5/122.5r

Total: 225


x=missed attempt


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Sydney Strength Training Coach – Rheece Stennett – Becomes a Starting Strength Coach

In August 2017 Sydney Strength Training coach – Rheece Stennett – travelled to St Louis in the USA to attend the Starting Strength Seminar.

The Starting Strength Seminar is a gruelling weekend where coaches are pushed to the limits to display their ability to coach the barbell lifts to the high Starting Strength standards.

Rheece passed the platform evaluation which afforded him the opportunity to attempt the Starting Strength Coaches exam.

After a big week with his head buried in the books Rheece produced a monster submission, and was awarded the coveted Starting Strength Coach credential!

To find out more about Starting Strength click here: www.startingstrength.com

To find out more about hiring Rheece as your coach, to learn the barbell movements, and the Starting Strength method, please contact us here: train@sydneystrengthtraining.com.au

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