The Starting Strength Coach Prep Course is designed to facilitate learning and preparation for the SSC evaluation. The course is organized into 23 modules, each with a core lecture/video, supplementary resources for study, and writing and coaching assignments.
Course modules are delivered online via a Learning Management System to each learner. Access to Slack channels is provided for discussion and problem-solving with instructors and others working through the program. Each person also must keep a training log documenting their development on the platform and progress in their own lifting.
Group discussions are held via online conferencing sessions to supplement the written assignments.
The course is to be completed in 4-5 months while actively training and coaching lifters. Although aspiring coaches who are working as apprentices in Starting Strength Gyms or as interns at Starting Strength Affiliate Gyms or under SSCs are in prime positions to succeed, the program is open to the general public who are working on their own.
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.
The Starting Strength Coach Prep Course is purchased by subscription at $150/month.
- Subscription payment: Recurring payments are charged each month as long as you remain in the program.
- 10-day trial period: If you try the program, but decide that it is not for you within the first 10 days, your account will be refunded.
- Cancellation: You can cancel at any time and will receive a prorated refund.
- Pause Option: If you start the program, but need to take a break, your account can be paused and held for up to 6 months. Your subscription period will resume upon notification to us. An administrative fee of $25 will be charged for this service.
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.
5. Who created the course? Brent Carter, Nick Delgadillo, stef bradford, and Mark Rippetoe designed the course, with each contributing to lecture, study materials, and overall course structure.