How To Become A Strength & Conditioning Coach

Being a strength & conditioning coach can be one of the most rewarding careers that exists. Here are three important areas to consider when trying to become one.
Part 1 – The Importance of Experience

From all the research I’ve done, people I’ve talked to, and my personal experience, I feel like one of the most important things you can do is to get as much experience as you can. It has to be understood that to be able to eventually get a job as a strength & conditioning coach, you will have to put in your time. It does not matter what degree you have, or what you know, If you don’t have any practical experience. Most, if not all of the time you put in to start out will be on a volunteer basis. Coaching experience of any kind is a plus, but obviously experience in a strength & conditioning environment is the most valuable. If you’re interested in getting into the field, then an internship is a great start. It will help you to realize if this is really what you want as a career, and it will get you going with experience. If it’s something you would like to try, don’t wait! The earlier you can get started and the more experience you can gain, the better. Most universities/colleges are willing to accept volunteer interns, as long as you are committed to working hard and learning. Contact the coaches at schools you’d be interested in helping out at and see if they’d be willing to take you on as an intern.

Training for Obstacle Course Races: Part II

Part II: Event Specific Training
Transmutation
Once you have your base in place, its time to enter the Transmutation phase. The time it takes to get through this and the level of difficulty you’ll want to include will depend entirely on your fitness level and the degree of difficulty of the race. For the Tough Mudder, we wanted to be able to cover a distance close to the eleven mile distance of the race combined with obstacle stations that would specifically improve our skills for the race. Notice I said skills and not strength. During the Transmutation phase, you are not going to get appreciably stronger. You will however, get much better at the skills you practice. For example, when we started our 8 week Transmutation phase for the Tough Mudder, I could climb the rope with someone holding the bottom of it and I could get over the six foot wall with a little help. By the end of the eight weeks, I could go up and down the rope easily and climb the eight foot wall by myself. Its not because I got stronger, its because I got more coordinated. Practice makes perfect.

Breaking the STIGMA of old school AEROBICS for male clients

One of your male clients is grabbing some H2O in between his sets and as he walks by the group exercise room he stops to watch for a few seconds. He looks in and sees a fairly large group of mainly women, who are basically moving around in a pretty dynamic manner. The music is bumpin’, people are sweating up a storm and his first reaction is: “I am never going in there”. Thinking by the time he walked out of this room, he would be wearing a purple head band, pink leg warmers and a pair of inappropriate short shorts…

This article is to help assist or encourage our typical male client who often hesitates or resists entering the group exercise room. Of course there are a variety of reasons or excuses that we have all heard in the past, but I truly believe that the basis of this issue stems largely from the 1970’s & 1980’s STIGMA that Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons pleasantly left behind. Now, I mean no disrespect to these two fitness guru’s that have helped to improve and shape (pun intended) this wonderful industry that I am grateful to call my profession. However, you can’t help but cringe or laugh a bit imagining these bright neon colored outfits that are often now seen at Halloween costume parties.

You Are What You Eat, Part 10: Seasoned Oils

Some of the most convenient, not to mention taste-enhancing items in a home kitchen are pre-blended oils and spices. They can be used on salads by themselves or to make salad dressings. Unless made with Flax or another Essential Fatty Acid blend, which are destroyed by high heat, they can be used to cook any number of dishes, from eggs to vegetables to meats.

Flax oil is very rich in Omega 3 fatty acids (“Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill,” page 283). Assuming that you don’t eat it to the exclusion of other oils and that you are eating your fair share of meat and other fats, a tablespoon or two of flax oil a day is probably to your benefit. Most of us have diets that are unbalanced between Omega 3 and Omega 6, i.e. we consume too many Omega 6’s, so this is one way to remedy the situation.

Seared Shrimp, Muscles & Scallop Pasta w/Lemon Chardonnay Butter Sauce

– 6oz Angel Hair or Linguini Pasta

– 6 Shrimp (any count size)
– 4 Green Lipped Mussels 6 Small Scallops
– 1 tsp Chopped Garlic
– 1 Lemon
– 2oz Grated Romano Cheese (or Parmesan)
– 4oz Chardonnay
– 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
– 2 Tbsp Butter
– Salt to taste
– Pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package instructions.
Heat a sauté pan over medium heat and add olive oil.
Add the scallops and sear 2-3 minutes each side.
Add shrimp and garlic and heat 15-20 seconds or until the aroma from the garlic is noticeable.
Squeeze in the lemon juice and add mussels and Chardonnay. Cover with lid for 30-45 seconds or until the mussels are open.
Add butter, salt and pepper to season.
Add pasta and toss until pasta is hot then add Romano cheese to tighten sauce.
Heat 2-3 minutes until cheese melts and the sauce tightens.

Scaption for Functional and Stronger Shoulders

Did you know that the absence of working out consistently may result in injuries from everyday life activities such as sitting? This is because some muscles can become overactive due to a lack of exercise.

Here is one quick exercise that can functionally and aesthetically engage your shoulders to become stronger.  This is perfect for those with hectic lifestyles who are short on time to exercise.

Scaption is an excellent movement that employs your scapula and rhomboids that will functionally strengthen your rotator cuff specifically the supraspinatus. Scaption also creates shoulder mobility that will fortify your joints and tendons. By performing scaption, over time, you will become stronger in other pressing or lateral movements such as the bench press or front shoulder raise. Since scaption engages the scapula and rhomboids, if you have imperfect posture, this exercise can help develop appropriate strength in your middle back, yielding postural improvements and creating scapula retraction.

Pass the Salt

International Contributor from Bombay , India

So, tell me, who can resist a packet of salty crisps? Well, for starters, I can’t! Crisps, with a sprinkling of salt that gives that crunch and delicious tingle to the taste buds. Ummm. Aside from the fact that, the crisps are deep fried and high in fat and are simply scrumptious because of that, what exactly is it that gives the crisps and the other food we eat, the actual taste?

Well, it’s the salt . Salt is a gustatory delight. You’re probably wondering what’s with the salt we eat that is so significant to my health?

First let me give you a little background about salt. Most people probably think of salt as simply that white granular food seasoning found in a salt shaker on virtually every dining table, It is that, surely, but it is far more.

A Brilliant IDEA

Forget Comic-Con. For those in the know, the convention to go to in San Diego occurred the week before. And while the city’s now infamous Fourth of July fireworks show may have been a fizzle, the successful launch of the 2012 IDEA World Fitness Convention—a four-day spectacular celebrating healthy living and the active lifestyle—was a true blast.

Set in San Diego’s 2.6 million-square-foot convention center, this year’s event—July 5-8—was also celebrating IDEA Health and Fitness Association’s thirtieth anniversary, attracting approximately 10,000 people from over fifty countries.

Returning to Golf after LBP: Restoring Your 
Client’s Drive without Reinjury

Background

Golf is a popular activity, particularly in the older population because it provides an opportunity to play a game that enables someone to socialize while truly enjoying the outdoors. Golf has become popular internationally, providing an activity with a low level of physical exertion over an extended period without the physical contact required in many other sports. It challenges the golfer to tackle variable obstacles in the golfer’s path such as bunkers, narrow fairways, winds and the most important goal, to drive the tiny white ball into the cup.

Injuries

Low back injuries are becoming more prevalent in the workplace, as well as in golfers.

Tee Time Talk

The first lesson I learned in golf fitness, I learned the hard way. I completed the Golf Fitness Trainer program sponsored by ISSA in the spring of 2002. The launch of my first program was scheduled for early summer. I worked at a golf resort and knew it would be a big hit. I put out a sign up sheet at my facility and was devastated when only 2 people signed up. I began asking around as to what I had done wrong. Did I have a poor marketing plan, not enough advertising, lack of name recognition? I had made friends with a young man who frequented our fitness center and had just turned pro. He confessed that he wanted to join my group but simply couldn’t afford to learn or try anything that might make him sore or cause him to reevaluate his swing while he was in high season. He urged me to reconsider offering this program again in the winter. This required a tremendous amount of patience to wait another 6 months for something I had worked so long for. I heeded his advice and it has paid off in spades. I launched my new and improved golf fitness program at a local private golf club and at the resort where I work. At my first public speaking engagement 50 avid golfers showed up. At the launch of my new golf school, my classes filled up and I am maintaining a wait list. They are already asking if I can offer a sequel to what they are learning. Here’s how we can help the off season golfer.

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