Want to Be a Coach? 8 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

So you want to be a strength coach, eh? Turns out it’s not as easy as sitting through a weekend certification and getting a few letters after your name. In fact, even if you got a four-year degree from an accredited university, you still might not get the job of your dreams after school.


Maybe you’re not interested in the strength and conditioning sector, but instead you’d like to delve into the fitness world or perhaps even physical therapy. Whatever your end goal might be, you’ve probably spent a great deal of time in the classroom studying the role of mTOR in muscular hypertrophy or the rate limiting factor in aerobic glycolysis. But despite all of your knowledge, do you feel equipped to take on a job in your field after graduation?

Mike Wines currently serves as a strength coach and in-house content editor for Muscle & Strength. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2014 with his Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science. During his undergraduate career, he interned with multiple collegiate and professional organizations including EXOS (formerly Athlete’s Performance) and USC strength and conditioning. Having worked as a strength and conditioning coach with a diverse group of athletic and everyday...Read more