Strength and Conditioning Coach

By: Blake Baldwin

Description of a Strength and Conditioning Coach

A fitness and performance professional who uses exercises to improve performance in athletic competition. They also help athletes with injury prevention and proper mechanics within their sports performances.

Education Requirements

You typically need at least a Bachelor of Science degree in a area such as Kinesiology or Exercise Science

Daily Activites

Daily activities for a strength and conditioning coach include:

  • Being present for team workouts
  • Scheduling strength and conditioning in cooperation with the head coach
  • Providing expert advice in the area of strength and conditioning
  • Maintaining workout records for specific athletes and teams

Certifications Necessary to Practice

Some certifications, like the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) require many hours of study to prepare to take and obtain this certification. Do this by checking the NSCA website and order the materials necessary for you to prepare for the test. The MLB requires you to be Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC)

Average Income

  • Average salaries are in the same range as those of personal trainers—typically in the $40,000 to $60,000
  • Head conditioning coaches at the college level are typically paid anywhere from $45,000 to $75,000 annually.
  • Conditioning coaches for professional teams typically earn more than college coaches, but usually less than $100,000 per year.

Necessary skills

  • It can be difficult to get athletes to train as hard as they should. For this reason, a conditioning coach must be a good motivator.
  • A conditioning coach must be a good teacher because they will be trying to educate athletes on how to execute weightlifting and other exercises correctly.
  • A conditioning coach must also be perceptive because they will be monitoring athletes as they train which they will be correcting any lifting errors they make.

Where would you work?

A strength and conditioning coach will usually work in facility at a university. Conditioning coaches might be employed by high schools, fitness centers, physical therapy clinics, and professional sport teams.

Fun Fact

  • The University of Alabama has the highest paid strength and conditioning coach. They make $320,000 a year
  • 70% of strength and conditioning coaches are male