My ultimate career goal would to be a top strength coach, and train top athletes/bodybuilders - much like CT, Charles Poliquin, and other authors on this website.
The trouble is, I’m not sure where to begin. I live in the UK so things are different here from the USA/Canada; does anyone have any experience in this career choice and how to get there?
I’m 19, my GCSE’s are all A’s, A*'s, so they are not going to be an issue. I have a level 2 fitness instructing and level 3 personal training certificate and I am able to go most universities of my choice. I am just not sure what to study to reach my goals.
I understand of course the main ‘qualifications’ I need is the experience of training many different clients, helping them reach their goals, and of course a top quality physique of my own for advertisement purposes, but where to start?
If anyone has experience in this field and is able to share their knowledge it would be greatly appreciated.
The UK scene is awful, too few jobs too many wannabe’s. Its alot of work with not much reward intially, trying to get on the English Institute of sport internship is a good place to start once you finish a masters degree
Definatly reach out and talk to other strength coaches, i learned more from them than i ever did from sports science professors and doctors cloisterd up at british universities.
get accrediated by the United kingdom strength and conditioning association. if you dont have this no one will touch you.
I had to offer free training for limited periods to teams to get them intersted, strength and conditioning coaching is a foreign concept to many and alot of UK coahces and physio’s (who often dishout conditioning programs) dont want to relinquish control to someone else. money is tightat almost all levels of non premier league british sport. Once they saw my methods gave better results than “fitness trainers” or “brians mate who is a PTI” they began to slowly but surely pay for my services.