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If you've completed Strength Coach Network Fundamentals, you're a serious coach. If you've been able to put the materials into practice, by now you should have at least landed yourself an internship or your first paid position as a strength coach. Congratulations!

Now it is time to step your coaching up by rising to the top of our profession and becoming a senior assistant, director of strength and conditioning, or high performance manager.

Once you start to reach these senior positions you'll start to be paid more fairly, often handsomely. As a senior member of staff, you'll also be much harder to fire and replace within your organization. And, most importantly, you'll be more able to delegate to others and dictate your work hours to spend more time with your loved ones.

It can and SHOULD be in your plans to rise up the career ladder as soon as possible, and Strength Coach Network Fundamentals 2 is your blueprint to doing it. 

Do NOT be a victim of your own success

A quick look at our field will tell you that the numbers do not work out. There are less junior assistants than interns. Fewer still senior assistants than junior assistants. Directors? Only one in any department! And High Performance Manager jobs are so rare that sometimes they don't even exist in organizations.

At every level of our field, there are coaches who fall to the wayside. The most common reason for this failure is being a victim of the success that got you to the previous level, and repeating the same behaviors.

An intern who gets by on being enthusiastic, working hard and always being available is still likely to get a paid job or recommendation elsewhere. But a High Performance Manager who relies on the same limited qualities to win championships will find himself or herself quickly fired. What got you here won't get you there.

The job of being a strength and conditioning professional becomes more and more complex the higher you rise, and you and your coaching must evolve to match it if you are to rise up the coaching ladder and stay there.

Get out of the dreaded middle

Why is it that some coaches reach the very top of our field before the age of 30, but others languish as assistants for decades and plateau? We studied the fast risers and identified 3 major traits they share in common.

We've made them the foundations of Strength Coach Network Fundamentals 2 so that you can implement them in your own development, while avoiding the mistakes that can keep you in the dreaded middle of our field- underpaid, overworked and easy to fire.

1. Depth

Captain obvious: the best coaches in the industry are masterful technicians. They pair broad theoretical knowledge with outstanding practical application. They always strike the target of right athlete, right training, right amount, right time.

When training needs to be modified or adapted- for a particular time of year, a special population, or unusually high or low readiness to train- they do so quickly and efficiently. If the situation calls for more advanced training tools or methods, they're comfortable using them.

In Fundamentals 1, we established the theoretical foundation by exploring the major training tools of the strength & conditioning coach and the underpinning mental models and processes. In Fundamentals 2, it's time to put that into practice and learn how to wield those tools like a master.

2. Technology & systems
Until you're measuring, you're guessing. The more often and more accurately you're able to gather data about the outcomes of the decision you've made, the better your ability to close the loop and iterate your work over time. You should be able to get progressively better results, faster and easier with each passing year of coaching.

Those at the top of our field effectively leverage technology and systems to make data informed decisions and achieve higher quality, more consistent outcomes. As they rise up the ladder, this becomes important not just for training, but in the non-training processes occurring in the building each day AND in the people working in the building.

"Dress for the job you want" says the cliche. Well, work for the job you want too. If you aspire to be a director or high performance manager at the highest level, you need to be able to effectively manage others and build systems into your department. Fundamentals 2 will get you on the right path.

3. Integration

We know that the stress response is singular in nature. All forms of stress tap into the same limited physical capacity to recover. Every athlete stakeholder from sport coaches, to medics, to strength coaches should account for this fact in every session they plan and every decision they make. But until that day, it is your job to help them do so.

The most prominent, best paid high performance managers in our field are facilitators. They have a basic understanding of how everyone in the building does their job, how it affects their own work, and most importantly how they can help others to be more productive.

They help everybody in the organisation to put the athlete at the centre of everything. They're the hub through which information flows and decisions are made. Not only is this the most effective performance model in team sports, it has the added benefit of making you highly paid and indispensable to your organisation.  

Strength Coach Network Fundamentals 2

In building Strength Coach Network Fundamentals 1 we asked ourselves "If we could lock our younger selves in a room for an intense weekend of learning, what would we want that coach to leave with that would jump them to the front of the job line, and dramatically accelerate their professional development for the rest of their career?"

For Fundamentals 2 the question was "If we had a weekend to help you become the most effective senior assistant or Director of Strength & Conditioning you can be,  in the shortest space of time possible what would we teach you?"

The result is another 20 hours of taught materials, with an additional 20 hours of self directed study and demonstrated learning. We've built upon the curriculum of Fundamentals 1 to put together a much more practically minded and applied curriculum that is all about one thing: results in the real world. We'll build upon old topics and explore new ones.

Sign up for Strength Coach Network Fundamentals 2 and you'll get access to modules on key training topics including:

  • Advanced Speed
  • Advanced Agility
  • Advanced Jump & Plyometrics
  • Advanced Power
  • Advanced Strength
  • Advanced Nutrition
  • Advanced Motor Learning
  • Rotational Power Development
  • Long Term Athletic Development
  • Return To Play
  • Tactical Periodization
  • Sport Technology
  • Performance Psychology
  • Systems & Management
  • Fluid Periodization

We've put together the same holistically minded curriculum as Fundamentals 1 and then some more! Our goal is to make you the most well rounded practitioner possible.

All modules are mixed media in nature- primarily video with supporting text and graphics. We provide an extensive supporting reading list of books and freely available papers to provide you with necessary background and context, and flesh out the concepts being discussed.

You'll also get the opportunity to demonstrate your learning at the end of the course by taking a quiz. Be warned: this is not spoon feeding. You will not pass the quiz by just skimming and guessing. This is the exactly the kind of stuff we are trying to combat. We purposefully made it so that you have to consume the full module to answer the questions! No thinking = no value!

We've also included the ability to comment on each module in case you want to provide feedback, ask small questions or provide input about modules or materials that you want see from us in the future.

Lastly, you will receive a certificate of completion, which will award you 2.0 CEUs to the NSCA for completing the course. This represents 33% of your CEUs during a 3 year period. If you complete both Fundamentals 1 and Fundamentals 2 in a CEU reporting period that is 66% of your CEUs DONE!

Meet our course presenters:
Dr Bryan Mann

Professor, University of Texas A&M
Powerlifter  & Author

Two decades of NCAA Division 1 Coaching Experience
Cameron Josse

Athletic Performance Coach, Auburn University

Former staff member, Onnit, DeFranco's training
Nick DiMarco

Director of Strength & Conditioning, Elon University

Former UFA, Baltimore Ravens, PhD candidate
Steffan Jones

Founder, PaceLab

Former dual professional athlete, consultant to IPL and pro baseball

Keir Wenham-Flatt

Founder, Strength Coach Network

Rugby guy

Carmen Bott

Canada Freestyle Wrestling

Strength & conditioning coach to olympic and professional athletes, consultant & lecturer
David Johnson

Academy Sport Scientist, West Ham United

EPL Strength Coach and PhD candidate in LTAD
Pratik Patel

Former New York Giants

Registered Dietician, strength & conditioning with 10+ years NFL and collegiate experience
Jeff Moyer

Founder, DC Sports Training

Trained 1st & 2nd picks, 2021 NFL Draft
Zach Dechant

Associate AD, Texas Christian University

Division 1 baseball strength coach (graduated 30+ major league athletes), former MLB strength coach

Terrence Kennell

Head Strength Coach, UMass Men's Basketball

Former rehab coordinator, Houston Astros

As ever our primary criteria for our presenters was skin in the game. If you do not make your living getting results in the real world, you cannot contribute to this course, and each of these individuals has done so at the highest levels of sport.

They bring DECADES of elite level of experience to the table, across a wide variety of sports, pairing the theoretical with the practical, and most importantly they get fired if they do shitty work or give shitty advice, which is the definition of skin in the game. 

How to know this course is NOT for you

Remember: this series of courses is intended only for strength & conditioning specialists who aspire to work at the highest level of team sport possible. General population coaches are better served by investing their money elsewhere, likewise coaches who operate in the stopwatch sports like powerlifting, weightlifting or track.

Whereas Fundamentals 1 was appropriate for all, you should also be at least an intern or junior assistant (including GAs) to take Fundamentals 2. If this does not apply to you yet, we recommend you first concentrate on applying the materials from Fundamentals 1 to land a gig. After that, Fundamentals 2 is for you.

Finally, this course is not for coaches who are looking to just punch the clock on their continuing education. The course work and associated learning checks will challenge coaches to retain and learn information from each and every module. 

Career changing education

Here is just some of the positive feedback we have received from coaches who took Fundamentals 1:

We're super proud of the speakers and curriculum we put together for Fundamentals 1, but we've tried to outdo ourselves with Fundamentals 2, and we're super excited for you to try it.

"How much is it going to cost me?"

We’ve set the price of entry to this course at $599.99.

This is premium education, and we hope that by now you've returned many times the value of Fundamentals 1. And we're confident that the materials contained within Fundamentals 2 will make the difference of tens of thousands of dollars or more over the course of your career earnings. Also.

For comparison:

If you compare Cal U Pennsylvania online 1 credit hour is between $322-$744. That is for ONE credit hour. One course is 3 credit hours. So that means one course for the semester will costs you $966-$2,322.

Or if you look at Concordia University Chicago 1 credit hour is between $534-$1,068. So one course being 3 credit hours is between $1,602-$3,204 for the semester.

That puts Fundamentals at 18-38% of the cost of ONE three credit course at an online university. You could buy Fundamentals 5 times before you have spend the same price as one 3 credit hour course at Concordia University Chicago.

Furthermore you'll get exclusive discounts to all Strength Coach Network memberships if you're not already a member, in addition to discounted pricing on the subsequent levels of this course series, and our future sport specific courses.

Prepare for Fundamentals 2

Thank you for taking Strength Coach Network Fundamentals 1. We're honoured to have you join us on our journey to change the face of Strength & Conditioning education for the better. If you're ready to continue on that journey with us and continue your evolution as a strength coach, click on the button below to claim your spot for Strength Coach Network Fundamentals 2.