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What it Takes

Mark Rippetoe discusses the Starting Strength Coach certification and how its roots in the Starting Strength Method makes it the most valuable credential in the fitness industry:

Nick Delgadillo talks about how best to prepare for the evaluations and gives tips for getting started with gaining coaching experience:

Inna and Rip discuss the qualities an apprentice should have at a Starting Strength Gym and the steps to becoming a Starting Strength Coach.

Starting Strength Coach Development Program

The Starting Strength Coach Development program is designed to help aspiring coaches efficiently prepare to become professional barbell coaches.

Starting Strength Coaches have demonstrated the ability to apply efficient mechanical analysis based on the Moment Model of Barbell Training and to adequately coach the Starting Strength method.

Candidates for the Starting Strength Coach credential are evaluated in practical sessions at Starting Strength Seminars. Those who demonstrate ability to coach the movements must also pass oral and written exams which further tests their knowledge, experience, and ability to apply the Model.

The pass rate has remained low and the time to competence has remained high for those developing skills on their own.

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Our Solution

The Starting Strength Coach Development program offers three components to help prepare you as a coach. These components work best when coaching is mentored directly by a Starting Strength Coach, but can also be used by those learning independently.

1. Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship programs at Starting Strength Gyms are integrated into Starting Strength Gym operations. Apprentices train and coach at a Starting Strength Gym as they complete the Coaching Prep Course. Find an apprenticeship

2. Coach Prep Course

The Coach Prep Course provides structured coursework to develop skills in all areas – theoretical background, coaching, and lifting. It does this by:

  • Providing a guided course of study that requires working with concepts and answering questions in written form
  • Requiring completion of weekly coaching assignments
  • Requiring candidates to keep a current training log
  • Support and active discussion with Starting Strength Coaches and as well as peers

The course is open to apprentices, interns at affiliate gyms, and others that are actively working to become professional coaches. Find out more

Apprenticeship Pathway

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3. Coaching Development Camps

Coaching Development Camps are events designed to improve your ability to coach the barbell lifts. This helps fill the gap for coaches who do not have direct, real-life supervision as they learn to coach. It is also a way to get an assessment of coaching ability and find out if you’re ready to challenge the SSC evaluation or not.

During the coaching camp, we’ll take an intensive look at the how and why of the teaching method, we’ll discuss coaching and what it takes to become a better coach, and spend lots of time on the platform where you’ll get real-time feedback on your coaching of fellow participants.  You’ll leave the camp with a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses as a barbell coach and where you are in terms of coaching according the Starting Strength Coach standard. Sign up today

4. Starting Strength Seminars

The Starting Strength Seminar: The Complete Method teaches the system of barbell training detailed in the books Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training and Practical Programming for Strength Training. It features an in-depth examination of the physiology, biomechanics, and execution of the 5 basic barbell exercises.

The Starting Strength Seminar also is where coaches opt-in for testing to see if their coaching performance on the platform meets the standard to earn the Starting Strength Coach credential.

Many aspiring coaches attend a seminar while they're learning coaching skills as a way to get the big picture and to be better prepared to test as a coach on the next round.

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