Back in the day I used to get my knickers in a right ol twist if someone said are you a personal trainer?
No I’m a strength and conditioning coach and then try and painfully explain the difference.
So what is the actual difference?
Let’s start with what a Strength and Conditioning coach is.
This is from the English Institute of Sport
The role of a strength and conditioning coach is to use exercise prescription specifically to improve performance in athletic competition. They also help athletes with injury prevention and proper mechanics within their sports performances
Strength and Conditioning is about more than lifting weights – it encompasses the entire development of the athlete and what is needed to improve physical performance. This includes plyometrics, speed and agility, endurance and core stability with strength training being just one piece of the jigsaw.
The Key here is Improve Performance!
Now unfortunately the way it works in the ol fitness industry is what happens with elite athletes filters it way through to mainstream fitness and gyms.
Some good and some not so good shall we say!
See to work with elite athletes you’re going to need some specific qualifications and experience coaching.
I’m not sure the average PT down at the gym despite having strength and conditioning on his bio has those.
Now this certainly doesn’t mean they can’t help you improve.
Theres some great PT’s out there.
But all i’m saying is be careful when choosing your coach.
Here’s 5 Things You Should Consider.
1. What qualifications do they have? (yes it’s important despite what some say)
2. Who do they currently work with? (or do they just spend all day on socail media making false promises?)
3. Do they just talk about themselves or do they show an actual interest in you and helping you achieve what you want?
4. If they try to make you buy some supplements before looking at your current nutrition and lifestyle first. (supplements have a place but not necessary a lot of the time)
5. Do they assess you’re current fitness levels and write a specific plan for you or is it just a generic programme they give everyone?
Some little things for you to consider.
Because if you’re going to use a coach they must be the right person for you.
It’s why i offer a Free coaching session first.
To find out more about you and what you want.
Then you can decide if you want to work with me and vice versa.
You can Apply by clicking this link Free Coaching Session
P.S Choose your coach wisely! click me
Joe Wear is a Strength and conditioning Coach based in Newcastle upon Tyne whose proven strategies from the past decade of coaching can help you re-gain your fitness, lose weight and get back to your best! Joe is certified by two of the leading strength and conditioning organisations in the world the United Kingdom strength and conditioning association (UKSCA) and the National strength and conditioning association (CSCS). He is a former professional footballer with Hartlepool united and achieved his exercise and sports science degree whilst on a football scholarship at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma USA.