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

Mike Wines
Strength and Conditioning

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?


If I had to do it over again, here’s what I wish I would have known from day one.


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A career as a coach or trainer is a never ending opportunity to learn, grow, and re-invent yourself.


You don’t get to pick the problems you solve because everyone who you come across is different: Different genders, ages, fitness levels, disposable time, disposable income, and almost always unsure of their commitment.


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