Gain knowledge, improve technique, and grow your career.
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 you will leave well equipped to successfully work with athletes and clients of all ages and abilities.
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 is This Course
The Best in its field?
The Best in its 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.
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
From This Course?
From 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