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Strengh and Conditioning Coach?

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2011/03/21 17:58:55 (permalink)

Strengh and Conditioning Coach?

Hi all,
 
Just curious to any qualified strengh and conditioning coach on here? Im interested in becoming strengh and conditioning coach? Just wanted to ask :
 
How did you get qualified?
Do you enjoy the job?
Many vacancies out there?
 
Thanks
 
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    bman1981
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    Re:Strengh and Conditioning Coach? 2011/03/21 18:26:54 (permalink)
    I am a strength and conditioning coach.

    Started off by doing a sport and exercise science degree, then became a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA this is American there is now the UKSCA which I am accreditied to.

    Had to do a fair bit of voluntary work with various organisations to gain experience. Then I got a break and have worked with many professional rugby clubs, and now work as a consultant self employed and earn far more than being at one club.

    Work is great have worked with the worlds best rugby players and travelled the world.

    You can now do a degree in strength and conditioning and masters degrees, Edinburgh and Bolton uni to name two the advantage of these are you work in the industry while gaining qualifications.

    I have worked with man utd, sale sharks, Worcester warriors, wellington hurricanes, NZRfu and Scotland rfu to drop a few names.

    There are jobs out there just need to know where to look UKSCA advertise posts. You can either specialise in a sport or cover various ones.

    The English institue of sport
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    bman1981
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    Re:Strengh and Conditioning Coach? 2011/03/21 18:29:18 (permalink)
    The EIS sometimes post internships.

    I would look to do a degree in S&c if too long get UKSca accredited and develop portfolio of experience.

    Good luck
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    Re:Strengh and Conditioning Coach? 2011/03/21 18:51:50 (permalink)
    Thanks for the response bman1981, you have made me rather gelous with the pro rugby clubs tha you have mentioned haha, thats one thing i would love to do, and also travel with the clubs and also be successful, i can imagine the hard work that it does require to become qualified, i am know 21, and droped out of 1st year of collage to work to get money, wich i know rather have stayed and been able to go to uni to earn the qualification,
     
    Thanks very much for the reply, some good info that you provided,
     
    thanks again bman1981
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    Re:Strengh and Conditioning Coach? 2011/03/21 19:13:27 (permalink)
    I have just joined up the UKSCA and am attending the level 1 workshop next month, with the intention of becoming accredited.
    Bman1981 what did the assesment day entail?
    Was it a Multiple choice test,  a presentation of a 3 month programme you have done with an athlete/team, and then a practical demonstarting weight lifting?
    Is that correct? Also any advice or guidance?
    Cheers Greg
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    Re:Strengh and Conditioning Coach? 2011/03/21 19:55:29 (permalink)
    Strength and conditioning industry mainly encourages UKSCA qualifications rather than uni degrees as then they know everyone is educated to same standards etc.

    You could get accredited through UKSCA and still do very well for yourself without stepping foot in a uni, that was just the route I went down.

    At uni I was more concerned at becoming a professional rugby player etc than my career it was only after my degree did I look into S&C.

    It was a lot of hard work but also a lot of networking etc. Attending conferences and seminars and getting your face out there. Eventually people come to you with work and offers.

    Very worthwhile and no regrets. Pay is considerably more than personal trainer in a gym. My hourly rate varies from £75 to £200 depending on cause and duration of input etc.
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    Re:Strengh and Conditioning Coach? 2011/03/21 20:03:32 (permalink)
    Check out this tells you all about assessment day

    http://www.uksca.org.uk/u...s.asp?txtID=accredited

    Just click on assessment day.

    It was awhile since I did mine, but it wasn't that daunting really.
    Hardest part was case study I just used local rugby team.

    The multiple choice was easy as I had done the NSCA version which is far more intense.

    I would get a book called essentials of stength and conditioning it's about £75 but is the bible. They also do technique dvd's and books etc which all help.

    I would definately approach local teams, professional and semi pro and ask to shAdow their s&c coaches to pick up everything you can.

    Drop me a pm when accredited maybe able to offer you some work.

    Probably setting up my own strength and conditioning facility open to athletes and teams etc soon so will be looking to take on some coaches therapists etc.
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    Re:Strengh and Conditioning Coach? 2011/03/21 20:09:09 (permalink)
    Cheers Bman, that a great help. I did a Sports and Exercise Science degree without really knowing what i wanted i wanted to do, then have decided that as well go down the route of something i really enjoy.
    I have just got a book called Supertraining, which was recommended by UKSCA.
     I have written out a stack of letters to fotball clubs etc so we will see what comes back.
    Thanks for the offer, i will hold you to that.  ha.
    Greg
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    Re:Strengh and Conditioning Coach? 2011/03/21 22:42:59 (permalink)
    Nice posts bman1981; Out of interest, how many intern placements did you do?
     
    There are some good internships if you follow the UKSCA or BASES. I'm going to get UKSCA accredited this summer hopefully. Join any interest groups you can and subscribe to certain journals to stay current.
     
    I've recently applied to IMG Academies, I'll let you know how I get on with that.

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    Re:Strengh and Conditioning Coach? 2011/03/21 23:09:07 (permalink)
    I was quite lucky I played a bit for Worcester academy rugby when at uni, when I finished and decided I wanted to head into S&C I got in touch with old coaches etc. So managed to get in there then the coach I was working with moved to a bigger club and he asked if I wanted to transfer with him. Then Worcester finally got promoted.

    I also did my school work experience at Lilleshall national sports centre so again looked up old contacts and got in with English instate of sport.

    I would say I did around 25-30 hrs a week unpaid for about a year to get where I am.
    In that year worked with 5-6 different organisations. Throughout the year I was offered full time jobs after my stint at most but it was always my plan to build up my portfolio over a year so turned them down, brave or stupid not sure. Offer was not exactly flattering money wise.

    At the end of my 12 months I contacted all the guys I worked for and 4 came back with good full time job offers. And I took the best one for me at the time.

    Why did I turn them down because I didn't want to box myself in the rugby scene I developed my experiences in a number of sports as I was always looking at the bigger picture. I had it in my head I wanted to be able to coach Wayne Rooney one day and jonny wilkinson the next and not face doubts that I'm just a rugby specialist.
    After 12 months I told all the guys I'd worked for
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    Re:Strengh and Conditioning Coach? 2011/03/21 23:24:16 (permalink)
    I see, thanks for the info. I've got the first, doing the MSc, trying to get the foot in the door. It's good to see that the hard work can pay off if you want it enough.
     
    Thanks mate.

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    Re:Strengh and Conditioning Coach? 2011/03/21 23:27:33 (permalink)
    Foot in the door is the hard part, stick with it and keep banging on that door.

    Good luck
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    Re:Strengh and Conditioning Coach? 2011/03/26 23:49:25 (permalink)
    bman1981

    Foot in the door is the hard part, stick with it and keep banging on that door.

    Good luck

    Hi bman, i was wondering if you could e-mail me and give me some help as i'm currently at college and wanting to go into being a s+c coach :).. just wondering about most effective routes the exact badges you took. i was going to personal msg you on here but i can't as my account is restricted or something :) Thanks 
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    Re:Strengh and Conditioning Coach? 2011/03/27 15:05:34 (permalink)
    Hi
     
    I am involved in Strength and Conditioning. S&C is now a highly competitive profession. Jobs tend to come from 2 main sources; advertised and word of mouth. If you go down the advertised route then you would need an undergraduate degree, completition of, or near completition of UKSCA accreditation, and a load of experience. Employers now usually ask for a MSc, and many S&C coaches in prominant positions have PhDs. The three main employers are football, rugby, and the English Institute of Sport. I have worked for the EIS and they definately go down the academic/UKSCA route, though post London 2012 not sure how many jobs there will be. Football and rugby are usually the 2 main sports that can afford to pay a decent wage, there are also occassional jobs at county cricket clubs.
     
    The other route tends to be word of mouth. This happens quite a lot in football, where a manager might just employ his mate, rather than go for someone who is actually qualified. Getting into these sports can be quite difficult and takes time, and once you're in if the manager gets sacked you're likely to go as well.  I've worked in premiership football and EIS but it took a long time, and lots of hours to get into these positions.
     
    S&C does not just focus on elite sport and though people might be attracted to that end there are loads of other career routes that are open to a well rounded professional.
     
     
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    Re: Strengh and Conditioning Coach? 2016/01/15 01:25:02 (permalink)
    Hi Guys,
     
    To the strength coaches who replied. When you were building your portfolio and working with these teams, Did you have your own facilities? or did you use theirs? As I am new to this country I am not entirely sure how to go about it. Any help and info would be great 
     
    thanks Dwayne
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