• Level 3 Seminar: Strength Training & Bodybuilding

    Level 3 Seminar: Strength Training & Bodybuilding

    Armed with a knowledge of technique and programming, learned how to perform assistance movements to overcome weaknesses.

What to expect

The first portion of this seminar is primarily lecture-based for coaches who want to enhance their coaching skills. Experienced athletes who want to improve their understanding of weightlifting techniques are welcomed as well.

The latter portion covers coaching cues for implementing Chinese weightlifting technique through hands-on instruction and group critique. Instructors can shadow if they wish not to lift or can use a video of their athlete for critique.

"I found this seminar really helpful, from both a coach and an athlete perspective. It was great to hear information presented in a different way than I had encountered before." ---Monica Olsson, 2018 Particpant, Seattle


  • Best practices for programming strength training
  • A basic framework for choosing assistance movements
  • Biomechanical analysis of muscular groups
  • Hands on practice with frequently used bodybuilding, strength training, and assistance movements.

Seminar Details

Who: All experience levels. However, all participants should be able to overhaul and front squat, and be able to perform a full snatch and full clean with an empty bar.

Cost: Rates vary by location.

Duration: Varies by group size

CEUs: Yes, 7 credit hours approved by NASM.

  • John Steiner

    John Steiner

    "A huge thanks to Coach Manuel Buitrago and Coach Jianping Ma for putting on a seminar at Crossfit Greensboro on 2/7. The quality of coaching is unmatched..."

  • Craig Orwin

    Craig Orwin

    "I took what I learned from the seminar this last weekend to training today. By far the most consistent, high-quality training session I've ever had. HUGE thanks to Coach Ma and Coach Manuel for their help and knowledge!"

  • Scott Cereghino

    Scott Cereghino

    "Takeaway from the weekend ... it's highly unlikely that you won't take something positive away from this seminar. Especially when you are learning from a Coach with such a long history (over 40 years) of competing and coaching at the highest level in the world. If you get the chance, go to a Ma Strength Seminar....it's well worth it!!"

  • Chet Lau

    Chet Lau

    "Coach, today was the first day I've walked out of the gym without knee pain. Thanks again for a great seminar!"

  • John Weeks

    John Weeks

    "Many thanks to Ma Strength coaches Jian Ping Ma and Manuel Buitrago for their outstanding technique clinic held at my gym Tough Temple CrossFit this past weekend. Having been coached by many great coaches over the past three years, and becoming a coach of the olympic lifts myself, I can say the level of understanding and insight offered by these two coaches is truly great. "

  • Jerell M. Barber

    Jerell M. Barber

    "As a coach and a lifter I definitely value the chance to connect with these athletes /coaches to gain not only knowledge, but definitely perspective on the sport of weightlifting. Again thanks for the opportunity and I will definitely participate and encourage others to participate in anything you guys hold in the future!"

  • Tommy Caldwell

    Tommy Caldwell

    "I've attended quite a few olympic lifting clinics in the past 6-7 years, including private camps with Olympic Medalists and a Camp with Team USA at the Olympic Training Center, but this weekend's clinic with Jianping Ma and Manuel Buitrago has been my favourite so far."