What is Strength and Conditioning all about ?
What does it take to be a successful Strength and conditioning Coach ?
The first thought that came into my head that answers all these questions is personality. Are you able to connect with your athletes ?
Are you able to motivate/inspire/empower everybody that you train ?
I have been so so lucky in my career that one of the first people I encountered as a fresh face novice was David Boyle, one of the most inspiring Strength and fitness coaches you will ever meet, and I don’t make that statement lightly. Boyley is 24/7 up for it, he will drive you, break you and build you back up again !
When it comes to rugby league and strength and conditioning he is rivalled by no one apart from my other mentor Dan Baker. Dan and Boyley are superb they test you/challenge you/motivate you and most importantly you will want to literally die for them, in the gym, on the training paddock and when it really matters on game day.
As a S+C coach you might have a degree a Masters Degree even a Phd in some sort of sporting prowess, but unless you can get your athletes/teams to train they way you want to who cares ?
Which brings me on to my next guru Mick Clegg. You will search/google the entire globe to find the most effective strength power and fitness coach in world football and all sorts of various names will pop up proclaiming this that and the other. The reality is Mick Clegg has had the biggest impact on football fitness over the last 20 years PERIOD ! No other fitness coach (despite their fancy titles and claims ) has had as bigger impact on the beautiful game. Footballers such as Ronaldo (World Footballer of the year upteem times) Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes etc etc don’t suffer fools gladly.
What does Mick Clegg have in abundance ? PERSONALITY and the ability to connect with whoever he comes into contact with, forget the inside terminology of an atom, can you motivate inspire and drive a professional footballer to do things he never thought he could imagine !
The final part of the jigsaw who epitomises what S+C is all about is Ashley Jones, where do I start ? Canterbury Crusaders, Newcastle Knights, All Blacks etc etc Again a master in the gym and on the pitch. Will inspire, motivate, cajole and make you want to go higher, faster, heavier, quicker.
Like the others mentioned previously Ash probably does not have a P.hd in nuclear physics but has one hell of a personality and experience that no online course will ever give you.
If you are starting out in the ever competitive world of S+C/Sports Science/ whatever its called these days a few words of advice from someone who is getting on in years.
1) Put your mobile phone away and start conversing to develop your people skills.
2) If you put something on a programme be able to stand over it, if it’s a clean be able to demo or give precise coaching cues, if it is a deadlift ditto.
3) Every athlete is individual treat them accordingly.
4) Some athletes need an arm over the shoulder some need a good kick in the hole.
5) Never be afraid to fail if you never shoot you never will score.
6) Nobody knows it all and never will if you don’t know something find it out or ask someone.