Thursday, December 23, 2010

So You Want To Be a Strength & Conditioning Coach

Well Im here to offer some help.

1. Read:

Boring I know. But its so true. Books, Blogs (Free), Websites (most are free).

2. Read:

Yes its this important.

3. Listen:

Download everything you can find that is related to our field and listen to it. Podcasts are FREE

4. Watch:
DVDs, Webinars, etc.

5. Attend:

6. Get an internship:

For my Irish and UK friends I advise going to the US. MBSC, Cressey Performace, Athletes Performance, Train 4 the Game. This will give so much from a coaching and personal development standpont that the experience will be priceless.

7. Coach:

Coach!! You need to coach. Theory is one thing. Putting it into practice is another thing all together. Volunteer if you have too. But get your hours in. What started as a volunteer role for me ending up being the beginning of my business, when I got back from MBSC.

8. Don't be afraid to make mistakes:

Nothing will ever be perfect. Remember you wont know until you try.

9. First Learn all the Rules then break them (if you want:-)

By this I mean, you need to get to a stage where you have a decent understanding of basic concepts, theories, and ideas, to start to form YOUR OWN OPINION. Please DO NOT be afraid to think for yourself.

10. Interact:

Don't be afraid to connect with other coaches. Most are very willing to email you, or talk on skype. I have made some great friends, and mentors who help me to be a better coach everyday.

11. Seek out the best in the industry:

Make it your business to get to know the Mike Boyles, Eric Cresseys, Charlie Weingroffs, Patrick Wards of this world. If you want to be the best you need to learn from and get to know the best.

12. Repeat 1-4 everyday!

Stay Strong,


1 comment:

  1. This is an excellent post, and i'm taking you up on No.10. I believe interaction between coaches is key to the improvement in the sports we all love. Too often the attitude in Ireland is to hide any decent info, well the internet has blown that away in sports.

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