8 Crucial Principles for New Coaches to Master

Chris Holder
Kettlebells, Strength and Conditioning, Martial Arts

So you want to be a coach. You love to lift, you’ve been racking up the certifications, and now it’s time to open your own space. Or you are a young buck about to graduate, and you’re entertaining the notion of trying to get a graduate assistantship with your favorite college team. That was my path getting started. I remember those days and know the enthusiasm can be intoxicating.


I have been a college strength coach my entire career. I’m closing in on twenty years here soon and have coached close to 10,000 athletes. With all that experience, there are several key things that have stood the test of time. Whether you are a sport coach, a strength coach, or a personal trainer, the following tips will save you a ton of headaches.


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