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    If someone was a strength and conditioning coach/specialist would it be expected of them to be big.? Is it important if they are or not.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby View Post
    If someone was a strength and conditioning coach/specialist would it be expected of them to be big.? Is it important if they are or not.?
    No. Knowledge and experience working with athletes would be the most important thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montego1 View Post
    No. Knowledge and experience working with athletes would be the most important thing.
    Okay awesome, I got told that if I were to become one that I wouldn't get any jobs because I am not massive and I thought that knowledge would be more important
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    Strength and condition translates (to me at least) = knowledge, and a conditioned person, not overweight but "fit"
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    Depends who you are working for. Here are two examples:

    1) An old colleague of mine moved to an F1 team. Very well paid position with global recognition. He is out of shape but has a degree. They look for qualifications.
    2) I work as a personal trainer and the majority of clients pick me because I am the most in shape. No clients ever ask me what qualifications I have.

    I earn more money as a PT than he did mostly because I am in better shape. I do not have a degree so would not qualify even for an interview at the position he has filled.

    So, it depends who you work for and who is paying your cheques. Regular people often associate physiques with knowledge but high end salaried roles usually look for qualifications and don't care how the employee looks.
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    My dream job would be working in NRL (I am a huge rugby girl) as either one of their sport scientist or strength and conditioning coaches so would it benefit me having a better physique.? Obviously I would need qualifications for this type of job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby View Post
    If someone was a strength and conditioning coach/specialist would it be expected of them to be big.? Is it important if they are or not.?
    No, not at all.

    From your avatar picture, you seem to be in excellent physical condition though, so I don't think you would find it hard getting clients at all.

    Do you have any certifications?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingk0ng View Post
    No, not at all. From your avatar picture, you seem to be in excellent physical condition though, so I don't think you would find it hard getting clients at all. Do you have any certifications?
    No not yet, I am just trying to work out my career paths but I will be going to uni an studying sport and exercise science which gives me the qualifications.
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    I feel that you should be conditioned for that position and your knowledge, experience, and passion will only help push you to greater heights. The degree will speak for itself but your body will get them in the door, your experience and knowledge is what will keep clients around. IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby View Post
    No not yet, I am just trying to work out my career paths but I will be going to uni an studying sport and exercise science which gives me the qualifications.
    How far exactly are you wanting to take your education? Are you just wanting to get a couple of certifications or are you wanting to get a degree?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingk0ng View Post
    How far exactly are you wanting to take your education? Are you just wanting to get a couple of certifications or are you wanting to get a degree?
    I am wanting to get a degree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby View Post
    I am wanting to get a degree.
    Great. I studied a lot of exercise physiology after getting my BSN (although I never finished the degree).

    Good luck, I'm sure you'll do great as a trainer. From the looks you're in great condition.

    If I may, I would recommend something like ACE or NASM to get you started in getting certified.

    Anyway, best of luck to you. It's a great and rewarding career. I did personal training on the side in my first couple years of working as an RN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingk0ng View Post
    Great. I studied a lot of exercise physiology after getting my BSN (although I never finished the degree). Good luck, I'm sure you'll do great as a trainer. From the looks you're in great condition. If I may, I would recommend something like ACE or NASM to get you started in getting certified. Anyway, best of luck to you. It's a great and rewarding career. I did personal training on the side in my first couple years of working as an RN.
    Thanks for your help, may I ask what ACE or NASM is.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby View Post
    Thanks for your help, may I ask what ACE or NASM is.?
    ACE is the American Council on Exercise. NASM is the National Academy of Sports Medicine. They are fitness organizations that get trainers started. One of my co-workers just got certified through ACE a couple of years ago, I'm pretty sure they still have a home study program, where you can get certified as a trainer at home. They pretty much will get you started in learning the ropes when it comes to personal training. I know a lot of people that got certified before they got their degree and worked as a trainer while studying for their degree.

    The most challenging one is the National Academy of Sports Medicine, who also offer a CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) but you have to have a bachelors degree to even go the CSCS route.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingk0ng View Post
    ACE is the American Council on Exercise. NASM is the National Academy of Sports Medicine. They are fitness organizations that get trainers started. One of my co-workers just got certified through ACE a couple of years ago, I'm pretty sure they still have a home study program, where you can get certified as a trainer at home. They pretty much will get you started in learning the ropes when it comes to personal training. I know a lot of people that got certified before they got their degree and worked as a trainer while studying for their degree. The most challenging one is the National Academy of Sports Medicine, who also offer a CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) but you have to have a bachelors degree to even go the CSCS route.
    Oh I see, well I am from Australia so things are done differently over hear but once I complete my bachelor of sport and exercise science I will do a master in strength and conditioning, see if I can get a doctorate somehow and then join Australian Sports Nutrition and hope that I can get into NRL from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby View Post
    Oh I see, well I am from Australia so things are done differently over hear but once I complete my bachelor of sport and exercise science I will do a master in strength and conditioning, see if I can get a doctorate somehow and then join Australian Sports Nutrition and hope that I can get into NRL from there.
    Oh, I am sorry I was unaware of where you were from.

    Some great goals you have there. Best of luck with your degree and getting into the NRL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingk0ng View Post
    Oh, I am sorry I was unaware of where you were from. Some great goals you have there. Best of luck with your degree and getting into the NRL!
    Yeah it's all good, thank you so much for your help
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    You'll see a wide swath of looks on S&C coaches out there. People like to say that it doesn't matter, but it does to an extent. You have to at least look like you train as it sets a tone. After that, you'll need some certifications for almost every place and at least a Bachelor's degree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby View Post
    If someone was a strength and conditioning coach/specialist would it be expected of them to be big.? Is it important if they are or not.?
    I don't trust skinny men to start with. but to be honest, if the guy/gal knows and can show they lift big numbers then I will listen to them any day
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