In October 2014 we had our very first Certified Functional Strength Coach Level-1 event. Since then we have certified over 700 coaches at events across the United States, England, Ireland, Germany, Italy, and Japan. The feedback has been incredible. We were striving to set a new standard for certifications when we started the CFSC, and judging from the feedback of those that have gone through the course, we have delivered.
Since we began work on the CFSC project back in 2013 our mission was to raise the quality of the professionals in the industry by delivering the best educational experience possible and by requiring all coaches to pass a live practical exam. By doing this we are creating a skilled network of coaches that can deliver great demos, and provide clear and concise coaching cues, all within a systematic approach to programming. Our goal is to make good coaches great and great coaches even better.
With Level-2 of the CFSC we are applying that original mission statement to the athlete population and the programming system. To achieve this we are using the same educational process that has been so successful with Level-1. Once you register for Level-2 (keep in mind you must already be Level-1 certified) you will gain access to the educational material on the back end of our website. We have about 5 hours of lecture content, the Level-2 Coaching Manual, and a multiple choice exam based off of that content which must be passed before the event. This allows us to dedicate the whole 1-day on site training to practical education.
The Pre On-Site Practical Event Educational Material Includes:
Start with Why: The MBSC Programming Thought Process (Mike Boyle)
Athlete Program Design (Kevin Carr)
Adult Population Program Design (Kevin Carr)
Building an Adaptable Training Model: Part II (Brendon Rearick)
Level 2 Training Manual
Just like with the Level-1 CFSC Certification, we require all applicants to attend an on-site practical event and pass a practical exam at the end of that day. With the Level-2 practical exam coaches will be required to give correct demonstrations and deliver clear and concise coaching cues for all of the movements covered. This includes olympic lifts, single leg squats and plyometrics, kettlebell swings, and more. While this may exclude some from becoming Level-2 CFSCs we believe it is vital to the reputation of the certification and the coaches that do pass to have a high mark to meet.
In Level-2 we will be building off of the foundation of what our Level-1 CFSCs learned. Focus will be on athlete specific warm-ups, speed drills, medball exercises, plyometics, and of course strength training. The methods we use to coach and demonstrate the olympic lifts at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning is a major focus of both the online content and the practical event. This includes hang cleans, barbell snatch (hang clean grip), dumbbell snatch, and our regressions/lateralizations such as jump squats and kettlebell swings.
Not only do we pride ourselves on our required practical component to become certified, we also are proud of our low participant to coach ration. You will never see one coach with a group of 40+ attendees. For Level-2 we have made our groups even smaller with a 10 to 1 participant to coach ration. This assures that each attendee gets the attention and feedback they need to succeed.