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Mailbag: College vs. Private Coaching

Hello, my name is Stephen. I have been reading the site off and on for about a year. In a lot of your articles you talk about college strength programs versus private training and I was hoping you could elaborate a little more on that. I graduated last year with a degree in Exercise Science and did an internship at a performance training center here in Nashville. I know I want to train athletes, and the idea of college strength and conditioning is interesting to me. What do you feel are the pros and cons of each and which do you recommend to someone like me? Thanks so much.

http://grosirrumahan.com/tag/grosir-baju-muslim-wanita Stephen C. Nashville, TN.

85aa50609b3c6fce99b3fa4cb5eefbf5 mailbagStephen, great question. You are correct, this is a topic I have touched on a few times, but I am always up for the discussion. I would like to direct you to a similar question I addressed a few months ago.

Becoming a College Strength Coach

In this post, I talked about getting involved in college strength and conditioning and necessary steps required to get your foot in the door.
However, you have asked a different, interesting question. Which one did I personally prefer? And why?

Get Online Xanax Prescription That’s tough. I want you to keep in mind that every person’s experience will be different. Different environments, teams, athletes, administration, bosses, salaries, expectations………. I also want you to keep in mind that, when I talk about the private sector, I still work in a performance facility geared towards athletes. I don’t spend a lot of time training the general population. There is a lot of money and success to be found in training the general population, but I believe a successful business needs to differentiate and find a niche, and our niche is athletes.

http://learnwithojo.com/product-tag/colour-and-count/?add-to-cart=1751 With that being said, I would like to begin the discussion of some of the pros and cons of each field, college strength and conditioning and private sector performance training.

College Strength Program – Pros

Buy Prescription Drugs Online Xanax I really value my experience working as a full time college strength coach for a lot of reasons, and there are many pros to add to the list. First and foremost, I had great mentors. Every day, every season, every year was a great learning experience for me because I had people I could turn to, ask questions, observe, assist, and discuss with.

http://cnt-aranjuez.org/wp-cron.php?doing_wp_cron=1580912880.1761090755462646484375 I learned about programming, mechanics, leadership, administration, organization. These are the biggest pros, and the benefit they have provided me I cannot even put into words. I would not be where I am in my career if not for the valuable hours of learning and mentorship I gained with those programs. There are a lot of smart people out there, but the smartest coaches/trainers I ever met all worked in college programs, and a lot of that is because of my next point.

http://audiodescription.co.uk/directory/describers/certificate-in-audio-description-skills-screen/ireland/wales/international-organisations-for-the-support-of-access/immersive-theatre From a purely training stand point, the greatest benefit of working in a college program is the exposure to training and the sheer number of hours logged. They say it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill, well, you get a lot more quality hours of honing your skills when every hour of every day there is someone to coach. I have seen many college undergrads go through internship programs at fitness centers and facilities and MAYBE get to work hands on with 2-3 clients/day, whereas in an athletics program we had athletes and teams walking through the door all day long. The repetition of coaching exercises, giving feedback, watching movements, starts to build and build. You don’t need to sit around and wait for someone to come to you.

Another big pro of working for a university (at least in my experience) was the financial support for continuing education. It was a lot easier for me to get involved with clinics, conferences, certifications, ect, when the university was footing the bill. For example, I really enjoyed being involved with the CSCCa, but it is stupid expensive and unrealistic now that I would have to pay for it on my own. It’s an organization and an opportunity I never would have been exposed to if it hadn’t been for the university support.

Alprazolam Online Europe Lastly, my favorite part of working in a college program was the feeling that I was a part of something bigger. The athletes and the teams I worked with, I felt like I was a part of their experience. Not just the sports and games, but the whole package. I wanted to be a leader and a mentor. I wanted to be a support system. I wanted my kids to leave after their four years and be better off because of the time they spent with me. While the private sector has helped me build some strong relationships, nothing has come close to the relationships I built at UDM and Pitt. Many of my athletes still stay in contact with me and I love hearing how they are doing in life, and I am always ready to provide a little guidance and motivation when needed.

Cons

http://junction25.com/wp-content/plugins/upspy/index.php This is easy and obvious. Pay and Time. Again, not everyone will share the same experience as me (I know some people out there in great situations). In my experience, I was underpaid and overworked, and it’s not even close. Just like any big business, college athletics will take advantage of you, and when you feel you have had enough, you need to realize you are replaceable. No matter how good you are at programming, or how great of a leader you are, someone else out there, some young coach ready to work for free, will step in. And after a year, no one will notice the difference.

During the school year, I never worked less than 50 hours/week, and it was usually 60+. And that is just running groups on the field or the weight room, it doesn’t account for going to games, because every season every week there are games. Soccer/volleyball/swimming/wrestling/basketball/gymnastics/ softball/baseball/track/tennis……….. As much fun as I had, at some point you need to live your life outside of work. My last year working in college is when I really got bit by the work to live don’t live to work bug. I got tired of being underpaid with no real chance of progress (there are only so many director jobs out there, and if you aren’t on top, you aren’t going anywhere fast).
An opportunity presented itself and I made the jump. It was tough. I was anxious for a few months. I missed the intensity. I missed the kids. I missed the effort. But that all passes.

Private sector –

Phentermine Cheap Price Again, keep in mind, I still train athletes. We are still sprinting, and jumping, squatting, and pushing sleds. I just have less control over the program. I will go through the pros and cons, and we will see a pretty stark difference between the two.

Pros –

I really enjoy the one on one and small group setting. I have always found myself more of a teacher in the weight room than the screaming motivator. I want to teach athletes about their bodies and I have a good platform for that. I like being able to focus on a few people, a few movements, and master them.
The financial ceiling is higher in the private sector. If you know how to hustle, if you want to work hard, and if you are moderately business savvy, you can make more money in the private sector.

Cons –

Sales. I don’t like taking other people’s money and I hate making sales pitches. I am a poor businessman at best. I liked when athletes came in the weight room and I could teach then what I know without putting a price on it. However, this is just not a successful business plan. That was the first hard lesson I had to learn when I made the jump. This is not necessarily a negative; it is a skill I had to improve, because that is how the rest of the world works.

Consistency.  this is a big one. If you are serious about training and helping athletes reach their goals, sometimes the private sector will make you lose your mind. The lack of consistency (and therefore lack of progress) drives me crazy sometimes. I am so tired of parents and athletes asking why their 40 hasn’t improved or their vertical jump, and then I show them their attendance folder and they see they spread their 20 sessions out over a one year period. However, outside of educating our athletes and parents, there is nothing I can do about it.

Stephen, I can’t tell you what is right for you. I barely know what I am doing on a day to day basis. You can learn from anyone. You can grow in any field. And you can find both financial and career success in any field when you reach an expert level. You can become in expert in any field through hard work and commitment to continuing education. If you can do these things, you will find opportunities.

http://bisnisbajumu.com/author/nyoman-nyoman/page/5 Good luck. Work hard.

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