2019 Fall Liftoff

2019 Fall Liftoff

Training is hard work, but it should also be fun. That’s why we’re organizing our first ever in-house lifting meet! Open to all Bay Strength lifters, this will be a casual event in which participants will be able to participate in up to three lifts. Our...
One Year Celebration

One Year Celebration

Hello Bay Strength Community!We are so excited to announce that as of July 1st, 2019, Bay Strength has been open for a whole year! Opening this gym was such a labor of love in the last year and we are so thrilled that we are thriving at 1440 University, thanks in...
Holiday Lift and Eat

Holiday Lift and Eat

On Sunday, December, 9th, join us from 1pm to 5pm for a fun afternoon of lifting heavy weights and eating delicious food!

All Bay Strength athletes are invited to gather for some exercise, food, and good company. We ask everyone to bring a food item, potluck style. We’d love to try YOUR favorite holiday specialty! Extra protein appreciated of course. 🙂

Let us eat, drink, and be merry!

Choosing a lifting gym

Choosing a lifting gym

So, you’ve decided to take up lifting. Among the things you’ll need is… a place to lift! Not sure what to look for in a gym? This blog post aims to help you out by guiding you through what to look for.

Please note that this post focuses on what you should be looking for as far as equipment and training facilities. It does not touch on another very important question: whether the gym and its coaches provide the supportive environment that will help you to thrive. We will take that question up in a separate entry in the future!

Changes at Bay Strength

Changes at Bay Strength

We would like to publicly acknowledge a change in our professional accreditation. As of October, 2018, our four coaches (Katherine Bickford, Gwyn Brookes, Kelly Bryant, and Jeremy Tully) no longer hold the Starting Strength Coach credential. We decided to part ways when it became apparent that our values, both individually and as Bay Strength, had diverged significantly from those of The Aasgaard Company and Starting Strength.

Bay Strength: The Next Generation

Bay Strength: The Next Generation

In September 2016, four Starting Strength Coaches, Jeremy Tully, Gwyn Brookes, Kelly Bryant, and Katherine Bickford, decided to join forces. We knew we would be more successful as coaches and business owners if we worked together to build our community. When we first...
Holiday Lift and Eat

Holiday Lift and Eat

On Saturday, December, 9th, join us for a fun afternoon of lifting heavy weights and eating delicious food!

All Bay Strength and Training Station athletes are invited to gather for some exercise, food, and good company. We ask everyone to bring a food item, potluck style. We will also have a grill and be cooking fresh meat and veggies.

More Female Strength podcast

More Female Strength podcast

Bay Strength coach Katherine Bickford has teamed up with fellow Starting Strength Coach Cassi Niemann to launch a new podcast, More Female Strength!

More Female Strength features candid conversations on strength and its culture for the more female lifter. Cassi and Katherine discuss training topics with a healthy heaping of perspective, feelings, and humor.

Getting deep in the squat

Getting deep in the squat

Achieving full depth in the squat is critical to effective strength training. Squatting through the greatest effective range of motion best builds useful strength. Full depth squats, in which the lifter goes below parallel — the hip joint dropping below the top of the knee — are also important for safety: partial squats produce unbalanced forces across the knee, whereas correctly performed full depth squats produce balanced forces across the knee.

One challenge new lifters face is knowing where full depth is. This blog post will help you verify that you are achieving full depth, and offer fixes to some common problems that you can implement if you are having trouble.