Module 3: Foundations for the Barbell Course

Lead Instructors:  Brett JonesFabio ZoninJeremy Layport
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This lesson covers the foundations for the Barbell Course. These essential skills will be present throughout any future Barbell Lifts.

Lesson Specs


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  3. Bookmark key points in the Lesson
  4. Ask questions on the Forum
  5. Use Lesson resources to supplement your knowledge

Lesson Chapters

  1. Introduction to the Foundations
  2. Mobility
  3. Grip
  4. Drills
  5. The StrongFirst Clock
  6. Conclusion to the Foundations

Lead Instructors

Brett Jones

Director of Education

Brett Jones, MS, ATC, CSCS, is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist based in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from High Point University, a Master of Science in Rehabilitative Sciences from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Brett is currently the Director of Education for StrongFirst and presenter and advisory board member for Functional Movement Systems.


Fabio Zonin

CEO of StrongFirst

Fabio Zonin is Master StrongFirst Instructor and the CEO of StrongFirst. He is also the Ground Force Method National Director for Italy, the BPro Physical Functional Training Director for Italy and the Flexible Steel European Director of Operations. Fabio is a former powerlifter, natural bodybuilder, and owner of fitness centers. He was the first Italian to accomplish the Beast Tamer Challenge. He has been a Master Teacher for FIF (Italian Federation of Fitness) for almost two decades (1994-2012) and the former vice president of AINBB (Italian Association of Natural Bodybuilding).


Jeremy Layport

StrongFirst Master Instructor

Jeremy Layport is currently a strength and conditioning coach in Paso Robles CA. He has been a collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach for the last 13 years, most notably at the University of Colorado (2015-2017). Jeremy received his masters’ degree in exercise physiology (2006) from San Jose State University while working there from 2004 to 2011. He received his under graduate degree in exercise science and sports medicine from California Lutheran University from 1998 to 2002. While at Cal Lutheran University Jeremy was an All Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) football pick, team captain (2001,2002), and voted most inspirational member of the Kingsmen football team. Post football, Jeremy has competed in olympic style weightlifting and most recently qualified for the American Open. Jeremy has also competed in raw powerlifting (2014). In 2006, Jeremy became the third person to pass the Beast Tamer Challenge.


Other Lessons in This Course

Module 1: Intro, Expectations, and Safety

Welcome to the online version of the StrongFirst Barbell Course! In this introductory lesson, Brett and Fabio lay out the expectations of the course and cover a number of safety considerations.

Module 2: Joint Mobility, Warm-Up, and Breathing

This lesson introduces you to the mobility complex, an essential element of safe training. We cover a number of exercises that will help to prepare your body for exercise.

Module 3: Foundations for the Barbell Course

This lesson covers the foundations for the Barbell Course. These essential skills will be present throughout any future Barbell Lifts.

Module 4: Back Squat

This lesson covers the Back Squat. The Back Squat is a classic test of lower body strength and a high skill exercise.

Module 5: Zercher Squat

This lesson covers the Zercher Squat. The Zercher Squat offers many unique advantages over the back squat and the front squat. The Zercher Squat is easy on the wrists, elbows, and shoulders, and does not require as much upper body flexibility.

Module 6: Military Press

This lesson covers the Military Press. The Military Press is a classic test of upper body strength that requires a solid midsection. Before viewing this lesson you may want to revisit the "Plank" from the Foundations lesson.

Module 7: Sumo Deadlift

This lesson covers the Sumo Deadlift. The Sumo Deadlift is considered a classic test of whole-body strength. It is defined by your hands gripping the bar inside of your legs for the deadlift.

Module 8: Conventional Deadlift

This lesson covers the Conventional Deadlift. The Conventional Deadlift is considered the "ultimate" test of strength. It is defined by your hands gripping the bar outside of your legs for the deadlift. It is a powerful builder of strength for the whole body.

Module 9: Program Design

To conclude the course, Brett joins Fabio to talk about continuing your Barbell training. Proper programming is critical when it comes to practicing and perfecting individual techniques.