The CPC is a structured and guided course to prepare you as a coach. We cover topics needed specifically for the Starting Strength Coach evaluation, as well as supporting areas that underlie the Starting Strength Model. This includes:
- coaching theory
- anatomy and physiology
- the moment model of barbell training
- teaching the lifts
- specific application of the moment model to each lift
- special modifications for each lift and when to use them
- programming theory
Each student is assigned a SSC mentor who works with them, gives feedback on their assignments and progress, and is there to help them succeed.
1. When can I start?
You can start at any time. The course is set up to be flexible so that it can accomodate any schedule.
2. Can I complete the course if I am not coaching?
No. The coach prep course integrates coaching assignments each week that must be completed before moving to the next module.
3. Do you know of any places where I can start practicing coaching?
See available apprenticeships and internships at Starting Strength Gyms and Starting Strength Affiliate Gyms here: Starting Strength Careers
4. How much time will it take each week?
The time you take to complete each section will depend on your background preparation and how deeply you go into the additional resources that are provided.
If you're already well-versed in the foundational texts (Starting Strength, Practical Programming) and have a basic understanding of physiology and physics, you'll have a head start.
Most students will typically spend at least a few hours and up to several hours per week, approximately as would be expected for a 3 credit hour college course. This how things might break down based on the structure of a module:
- review the core presentation for each course module ~ 1 hour.
- written assignment ~2 hours. Longer times will be needed for those who are not as familiar with the material and/or who are unused to writing.
- coaching assignments ~ 1 hour. Since you will already be coaching, the additional time over baseline will be minimal. Depending on the assignment, the extra time may be for setting up to record video, processing/uploading video, and/or reporting results from the task.
Studying the additional and recommended resources will take as much time as you invest. These include sections from the Starting Strength and other foundational works, articles, videos, online resources, and other textbooks.