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4 Career Tips For The Aspiring Strength Coach

By Mike Robertson | Mon, Oct 9

Being an intermediate level coach is both a blessing and a curse. 

On one hand, you’ve probably outlasted most of your peers, and you’re still putting in quality work. 

But on the other hand, if you’re serious about the coaching game, you’ve probably realized you’re nowhere near where you want to be!

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Does In-Season Conditioning Help or Hurt Game Day Performance?

By Tobias Jacobi | Thu, Sep 28

In-season training can be a mine field for the strength & conditioning professional. Accumulate too much fatigue and performance decreases... but if your team isn't fit, you'll be left in the dust when it matters. So the question remains: How much is enough? And how much is too much?

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One Strength Coach's Journey Through Death, Discovery, and Renewal

By Alex Guillien | Mon, Aug 28

Many years ago I considered suicide as a viable option for ending the pain I was facing. As a young coach I didn't understand how hard this career path would be.

But in the darkest time of my life, I learned that challenges are a gift that are meant to be cherished. And in that moment I made the decision to go all out, stop at nothing, and continue to press forward no matter what.

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The Ultimate Guide to Using Movement Progressions

By Rob Van Valkenburgh | Mon, Aug 7

We’ve all been there…

You spend hours putting together a flawless program. You’ve meticulously taken into account everything from the athlete's FMS score to their personal performance goals.  

Then, the team walks in…

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4 Important Things About Being a Strength Coach I Didn’t Learn in College

By Bill Marnich | Fri, Aug 4

I invested a lot of time and money earning my bachelor's degree in exercise science and master's degree in sports performance. Upon completing my education, I was fortunate enough to immediately begin working with collegiate athletes in the weight room. I was confident in my knowledge of rep schemes, rest periods, anaerobic versus aerobic training, and things of that sort.

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Ballin’ On A Budget: A Real World Guide to Running Your Strength Program With Limited Resources

By Bill Marnich | Mon, Jul 24

I, like many other strength coaches, went through school to earn my degrees. I sat through kinesiology and physiology classes. I studied nutrition and wrote up sample workout plans for my strength and conditioning classes. I interned at a nearby college, observing and even getting some hands-on experience with many different sport teams. While earning my masters, I was a graduate assistant at that same college.

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Making The Case For A Full-Time Strength Coach

By Tim Crowley | Wed, Jul 12

The full-time strength coach as a profession is still in its infancy. In 1988 when I graduated from college, there were only a handful of collegiate and professional strength and conditioning coaches. Little did I know that 25 years later, I would be working in this amazing, challenging field, shaping the lives of young athletes.

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5 Questions Parents Will Ask About Strength Training and How To Answer Them

By Tobias Jacobi | Mon, Jul 10

One of my major concerns when I made the move to the high school ranks after almost 15 years as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach was interacting with the parents.

I am in a unique situation: a K-12 private school. I deal with questions from parents of children at many different ages. These questions range from the routine to the very off-the-wall.

Early on in my transition, I came to realization that dealing with a parent was very similar to dealing with sport coaches. Sometimes it can be a difficult situation, and other times it can be smooth. The one thing the strength and conditioning coach must have is support from their administration. A supportive athletic director, principal, and administrative staff will be the strength and conditioning coach's best friends.

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Long-Term Athletic Development - Part 3: Mobility, Stability, Nutrition, and Recovery

By Alex Rosencutter | Fri, Jun 23

A three-part series dedicated to the discussion of long-term athletic development for athletes and coaches. Athletes and new lifters are often beingpushed too hard, too fast. What actually goes into training, coaching, and developing an athlete or lifter from young/novice trainee to a superstar? 

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5 Tips To Building Coach, Parent, and Team Belief

By Tobias Jacobi | Tue, Jun 20

Getting all those involved with your program to believe in you as a strength & conditioning coach is something that gets tougher each day. And it's something good coaches must constantly work on to develop. 

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