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Do you coach athletes, anywhere from grassroots level to elite? Do you want to design effective strength programmes for athletic performance and general populations alike? This short course guides you in designing successful strength programmes that are correctly periodised to improve your clients’ force-/torque-generation capability, making you a sought-after coach in your field.

The need to produce large ground reaction forces and muscular torque is vital within sports performance, directly effecting an athlete’s ability to accelerate, jump, change direction, strike an object or opponent, during stand collisions and to perform within endurance sports. Furthermore, explosive power performance is laid on a foundation of strength and enhances the neuromuscular system’s ability to produce large power outputs.

Suggested Pre-requisite

  • CIMSPA: L2 Gym / Group Ex

Aims and objectives:

  • Learn the need for strength training within athletic preparation and the athletic benefits of strength training.
  • Understand the need to produce large ground reaction forces and joint torques within sports performance.
  • Learn the concept of ‘transfer of training effects’ and the need to replicate the biomechanical demands of sport within S&C.
  • Know a number of squat, hinge, push and pull pattern strength-based training exercises.
  • Understand how linear, undulating, summated and concurrent periodisation can be applied to strength training within athletic performance programmes.
  • Learn how back off sets and the wave loading method can be applied within strength training.
  • Understand how Prilepin strength dose tables, volume load, minimum effective volume and maximum recovery volume can help guide training load selection.
  • Learn Han Selye’s General Adaptation Syndrome model and how this underpins fundamental periodisation principles.

Author Bio

  • Thomas Stringwell

    Thomas Stringwell is the founder of Your Gym Sports Performance Ltd, an education provider that specialises within the fields of strength and conditioning and sports science. He’s an accredited strength and conditioning coach with the UKSCA and currently provides performance consultancy services across a range of sports including rugby union, rugby league, soccer, handball, boxing, mixed martial arts, BMX supercross, strength sports and Youth Athletic Development.

    He holds an MSc in Sports Biomechanics (Loughborough University), a 1st class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science (Manchester Metropolitan University) and a Certificate in Education teaching degree (Huddersfield University), with future ambitions of completing a PhD within the field of motor learning, constraints-based learning and non-linear pedagogy.

    He has a real passion for education and coach development, having both coached and taught within the fields of strength and conditioning and health and fitness for over a decade. He’s a lifelong strength sport enthusiast, having competed both in Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting at a national level, with a genuine drive to support and educate coaches throughout our industry.