The Eleiko Strength Coach course is the most comprehensive scientifically based educational course for coaches, trainers, and strength and conditioning professionals. Participants will learn how to excel in all aspects of their jobs, including teaching the Olympic lifts in a group setting, designing periodized training plans, assessing and addressing movement deficiencies, working within a performance team, and monitoring training progress. This unique hybrid course deepens participants’ understanding through pre-course reading and quizzes followed by three days of hands-on coaching, video review of lifts, and thought-provoking class discussions. At Eleiko, we believe a strength coach must be proficient in teaching lifts, designing training plans, and building quality relationships; in this course, we tackle all three aspects and provide you the tools you need to be successful working with athletes and clients of all ages and abilities.
Participants receive online access to materials covering applied physiology, biomechanics, and pedagogy for teaching weightlifting movements. This ensures a common level of scientific knowledge and jump starts the learning process. Too often these foundational areas of knowledge are overlooked, and coaches can have a hard time appreciating the basis for their training and methodology. The face-to-face course allows participants to hone their coaching skills and reflect on their practices. Supplementary coaching materials such as athlete assessment tools, program design templates, facility management documents, and a scientific article library assist coaches in developing long after the end of our three days together. Eleiko education, much like Eleiko equipment, sets the bar high.
WHY THIS COURSE IS THE BEST IN THE FIELD?
While strongly grounded in applied sport science, this course also acknowledges the tremendous contribution that communication, teaching, and relationship skills play in being a successful coach. Coaches have to build rapport and trust with their athletes, staff, and performance team, and it is critical that coaches understand people.
During the course, participants are frequently asked to consider realistic coaching scenarios. The course relies heavily on scenario-based learning, which has been shown to result in deeper learning than lectures. Coaches must think critically and wrestle with scenarios where they must consider training science, psychology, gender dynamics, motor learning, and common sense to determine how to proceed.
The hands-on portion of the course focuses on the participants actively coaching each other and practicing the drills and cues they learn. The Olympic lifts are each broken down into smaller segments, giving coaches the ability to progress the lifts incrementally, spot errors, cue positions effectively, and correct errors at any stage. Coaches are primarily teachers; learning how to be a better teacher will make for a more effective coach.
The participant-to-instructor ratio is kept low to allow each participant greater opportunity for interaction with our expert instructors. We want coaches to be comfortable applying what they learn to their unique environments.
The course is the most comprehensive course of its kind, with over 170 pages of content and dozens of videos. It was conceived, written, and refined by a team of respected educators, sport scientists, veteran weightlifting coaches, and university professors.
COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES
At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
• Teach the Olympic lifts and other major exercises efficiently and correctly in a group setting
• Develop a periodized annual training plan from scratch for a variety of sports
• Properly assess and address movement deficiencies in athletes
• Create and administer valid and reliable tests to monitor athlete progress
• Understand foundational applied physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and kinesiology and how they relate to practical aspects of training
• Distinguish individual athletes’ learning styles and utilize effective coaching techniques to reach all types of learners
• Develop a “coach’s eye” for identifying and correcting common errors in the lifts, both live and using video feedback
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM TAKING THIS COURSE?
• Sport coaches who manage the strength and conditioning for their athletes
• University students planning on a career in training, coaching, or strength and conditioning
• Functional fitness, sport performance, and strength and conditioning coaches
• Personal trainers
WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING TO THE COURSE?
Please bring all your training equipment (e.g., knee sleeves, lifting shoes, training clothes, wrist wraps, tape), some snacks, and anything else you might want to have during the day.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO PRIOR TO THE COURSE?
Please read Part I of the course materials that have been sent to you and take the short quizzes at the end of each chapter. Having everyone familiar with some basic, foundational knowledge about training will greatly enhance our ability to cover more in-depth material during the live portion of the course. Please bring any questions you may have about Part I to the course.
HOW TO BECOME A CERTIFIED ELEIKO STRENGTH COACH
To earn the distinction of becoming a Certified Eleiko Strength Coach, course participants must successfully pass a 65 question exam lasting 45 minutes. The exam covers the written course materials as well as major topics covered during the course and is administered online one week after the conclusion of the course. Participants may select a time to take the exam that is most convenient for them within a two-week time span. A score of 70% of higher is needed to pass the exam
Most coaches have areas where they are more and less proficient so if you have an exercise science degree but have not coached the Olympic lifts extensively, you might focus your studying on the Olympic lifting chapters and on being able to identify lifting errors and prescribing effective drills to correct those errors. Alternatively, if you spend all your time working with lifters but have not done any programming or athlete testing, you should spend more time learning that material. For additional information or questions about the exam, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.