Learn how to
train athletes in any sport, any level, any age, either gender,
and in any country or culture! The Top 10
Frustrations Facing Physical Preparation Coaches - and how to
overcome or avoid them!
The most common goal I have heard speaking with
prospective and practicing physical preparation
coaches around the world is the desire to break
into successful training of athletes. At the
same time most are struggling to break into this
field. And for those that have, there are more
Here's the Top 10 Frustrations Facing Physical
Preparation Coaches. The good news is we
have successfully taught thousands during the
last three decades exactly how they can overcome
or avoid these hurdles. Here they are...
- I can't get any clients!
those starting out in the industry this is the most
common limiting factor - no clients. It goes
like this..."I need to get experience so I can get
clients, but I need to get clients to get
- I can't get enough clients!
majority of physical preparation coaches report that
they don't have enough clients, which means that
don't get enough contact or billable hours. Makes it
tough to pay the bills...
- I can't get athlete clients!
you have general population clients it's a big leap
for most to get athlete clients. So many quit before
they achieve a breakthrough. Here's an example of an
email I received from a former student who ended up
quitting his goal to train athletes and went back to
being a personal trainer:
"...it is easier for you with an established record
to attract new clients than it is for an "outsider"
like me to break in....it just seems to be sports
teams/organizations in general that I can't break
- I don't earn as much money as I would like to!
clients are achieved the greatest challenge then is
to raise to an hourly rate that keeps you above the
poverty line, where most are sitting. Even
with full time work, the enumeration compared to
other professionals is incredibly low. For example
according to another US Source (2), the job website
'Simply Hired', the average annual salary for
strength and conditioning coaches in 2013 was
- I can't attract any high level athletes!
physical preparation coach begins to attract
athletes, they then find the jump to high
performance athletes a similarly large step as it
was to gain athletes in the first place.
- I'm stereotyped in one part of physical
tradition of strength coach, where a person is
responsible only or primarily for developing the
strength qualities, often has physical preparation
pigeon-holed or stereotyped in that role, where at
some stage in their career they may seek to or
realize the benefits of being able to coach the
other physical qualities.
- I haven't had any success leading athletes to win
medals and championships!
the coach breaks into training athletes, especially
high performance athletes, there is an expectation
and pressure for success. With the exception of
those who are simply happy to be involved, the
failure to achieve any success or consistent success
with athletes often becomes a source of frustration.
- It's tough to fly like an eagle when you are
surrounded by turkeys!
Working with people such as other support staff that
you don't choose to work with can be tough,
especially if the direction or competence varies
between all involved. This is a frustration that can
grow the longer you work in this environment.
- I never get to spend time with my family!
some point of their career even the physical
preparation coach who is successfully training high
level athletes may have a family of their own, which
typically results in the frustration of not being
able to spend enough quality time with the family,
especially where young kids are involved.
- I worried about my future because I only have a
contract for another x years.
thrill of gaining particular employment with a sporting
team or organization begins to wear off as the
realization that the work and income is not guaranteed
long term. In fact, the longevity of it may be totally
in someone else's hands.
I purchased the
Legacy course last year and progressed
through it. The single best course I have
purchased as a Track and Field, Strength and
American football coach; EVER. I
implemented your theories and practices (as
best I could) immediately...suffice to say I
have two athletes who broke school records
and one who broke a State record in her
event. Talk to you soon.
Legacy course is so
far the best investment I've made along with
downloading Ian's London seminar. Realizing
finally that having one's own opinion is not
only ok, it's downright essential! I keep
hearing the words 'what do YOU think?'
buzzing in my head!
In summary, most
in physical preparation work for below average wages
with clients they don't enjoy and at times and
places they don't choose, and if they ever hoped of
training athletes, they slowly let go of that dream.
And after a few years or so they don't enjoy waking
up to their 'occupation' and slowly drift off to
'safer' grounds or non-related fields.
It doesn't have to
be that way. Why do I believe this? Because I have helped others
in physical preparation achieve this kind of success. This
guidance goes beyond sets and reps, although we do a pretty good
job of providing the training concepts that changes the world.
here's 10 of my original concepts that have changed the way the
Lines of Movement: Until I shared this concept
in 1998, no one had gone beyond pulling and pushing
thinking. The addition of horizontal and vertical
for the upper body, and quad and hip dominant for
the lower body was taught for the first time by
myself in 1998 - and look what's happened since.
Speed of movement: Before releasing my three
digit timing system during the 1990s there was zero
awareness of things such as manipulating the pause
time between the eccentric and concentric phase.
Another concept that is now universally applied.
Unique uni-lateral bodyweight strength exercises:
When I released my unique and original uni-lateral
bodyweight strength exercises, integrated into
conventional strength training, the world laughed.
Within a few years it spawned a whole new functional
Balance in strength training: There was talk
about balanced programs but that became far more
quantitative when I taught how I used my lines of
movement system to analyze a program.
Prioritization of training: Anther concept that
was loosely used in bodybuilding circles until I
taught the specific role of sequence, volume and
load potential, combined with lines of movement, to
fully analyze and understand the impact of past and
future training program.
Control drills: Two to exercises done at the
start of a strength workout to selectively recruit
(activate) target muscles was an insurance policy
and muscle balancing concept I developed and
introduced in the 1990s. Like the rest, it was first
mocked, then taught enmasse.
Periodization: It's just planning! I took what
was being taught as a complex concept and taught it
in a simple way - telling you it's juat another way
of saying 'planning'.
Aerobic training over-rated: I was the first to
put pen to paper and openly criticize what I called
the myth of the aerobic-base - didn't I cop some
flak for that! But within a decade it was hip
Reverse periodization: A concept that I applied
to endurance and speed, which at the time was
heretical, was the option of starting with low
volume and raising the intensity before the volume.
Charlie Francis was my parallel mind on the track,
and what a legacy he left.
Over-reaction and under-reaction: Which ties
into my saying 'Humans over-react in the short term
and under-react in the long term'. This and other
sayings again shaped the thinking of the training
Thank you for the
opportunity to be exposed to some of innovations
and philosophies you have developed over the
last 30 years. Even though I’ve just completed
level one of the program I took a great deal
from the course as I have only been in the
industry for a year now. Studying the units then
seeing on a daily basis the crap that goes on in
the industry it is easy to see how people become
brain washed and mislead with the content that
I really appreciate
your efforts with the Legacy Course and look
forward to being involved with the further
So happy that my path
has led me to here, really enjoyed every aspect
of the course and look forward to learning and
understanding more, not only about the methods
and philosophies of KSI but also about myself
and own development through it.
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why not learn how they were meant to be used!
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t's been almost a
year since I joined KSI Coach Education program. And
it's been quite a journey. In the last eleven months
I received a huge amount of knowledge that now sets
me miles apart from any of my colleagues here, I am
now well able to make a big difference in the lives
of my clients. Not that this makes me arrogant, I
got educated not only in the field of physical
preparation, but much wider, in how to be a well
rounded person. This is one thing that I value above
the rest, the KSI course has given me a perspective,
an indication where (and why) I'm now, and where I
should be going from here, professionally,
personally and financially. All I can say is, thank
you, to Ian, Mike and the whole KSI Team.
What a valuable
learning experience the legacy course has been! I'll
be revisiting this content for a while yet to begin
to truly internalize and maximize the return and
leverage of the material. In respect to all of your
years of lessons learnt in Physical Development you
provide with this course, it would be my loss if not
attempting to achieve a higher level of awareness /
appreciation of this work. As always with KSI, the
integrity, gratitude, consistency, holism and
innovation always shines through. Thanks again for
all your help.
I've undertaken in 15 years for it's simplicity and
truth. Absolutely fantastic and what I've briefly
seen of the forum it appears to be equally as
useful. I've just had my eyes opened...but actually
to how much I but to how much I ALREADY do know
which is the opposite of every course I've done so
I enjoyed seeing the development of the program
units along with the forum interaction. Again,
education material like no other. I truly appreciate
your contributions to this industry that reach far
I always enjoy
learning from highly accomplished coaches and with
your 30+ years of training at the elite level, I
can't think of anyone who can better teach it. You
shared many powerful ideas in a way that just "made
sense." I seemed to pick up new nuggets of wisdom
with each re-read of a given unit. Everything about
this course was 1st class. I'm grateful for the
amount of effort you put into designing the course
and tweaking the course as the units progressed
(based off feedback) such that it best served those
of us learning from it.
questions/comments that I had were promptly answered
and if I had trouble accessing anything, the issues
were quickly resolved. Thanks! I look forward to
moving to Level 2 shortly!