Every morning, I wake up and have no clue what’s going to happen.
Will an athlete perform their deadlift as a shitty squat?
Will I be able to eat lunch?
Will an athlete hit a new PR?
Will someone puke during conditioning?
Will the zombie apocalypse begin?
I guess you can say my career as a strength coach is unpredictable.
It’s far from routine. It’s far from a set schedule. And it’s far from a 9-5.
I don’t clock in at a set time, only to fill up my coffee in the office kitchen, fake smile at my boss after he asks “how are you,” and I say “I’m fine” when I really mean to say “fuck off”, then stare at a computer screen, fiddle around on Facebook for hours without doing any real work, but I bill it and get paid anyway, and then clock out at 5:00, and pass the fuck out while watching Dancing with the Stars. By 9:00pm.
Yeah, I don’t do any of that.
To that end, a strength coach’s daily routine is, well, not routine.
It’s. Fucking. Weird.
Sometimes, I feel like I’m Frodo in Middle Earth with a plethora of different characters entering my life, with numerous obstacles, uncertainties, battles and victories and adventures.
It’s a nerdy analogy, I know.
Lord of the Rings references aside, my day may go like this:
1. Wake up.
2. Get dressed in the same sweats I wear every day.
4. Do fitness writing. (see articles here and here and a client I’m editing for here.)
Do calculus upside down. Coach the Turkish Get Up to a bunch of newbies.
6. More coffee while on the phone with Women’s Health for this article.
7. Coach some more.
8. Post to Instagram.
9. Coffee while coaching again.
10. Go home. Done. Wait, an athlete texted me, “can I come in at 8pm?”
11. “Yeah, sure. See you then!”
13. Get home at 9:30pm and take a bath with mint lavender essential oils.
Anything can happen at any moment. And I know this may be the same across ALL careers, and I’m not trying to blow sunshine up my own ass that my career is exciting, filled with sparkles, and spontaneity and yours is as boring as watching paint dry.
Actually, I don’t even know why I’m writing this article. LOLOLOLOL.
I guess, mainly, because my friends always wonder what the hell I actually do. And I also want other strength coaches to get a good laugh.
So what do I actually do?
To answer this question like a mainstream, politically correct fitness professional: it depends.
It’s a safe answer, but to some extent, it’s true.
It depends what athletes I’m seeing. It depends if they’re in-season, off-season, or pre-season which determines how often people come in and how busy I am. It depends if people decide to come in last minute. It depends if I’ve had enough caffeine in me if I am going to write. And it depends if I’m feeling like a magical creative fairy and want to make fancy info-graphics.
Certainly, there’s a lot going on here. And more often than not, private sector strength coaches like myself would argue that they do more than just coach.
Perhaps they write for fitness publications or their own site. Perhaps they design and sell workout programs. Perhaps they create content on social media. Perhaps they go out and support their athletes in games. Perhaps they speak at seminars and conferences. Perhaps they customize programs for online clients. And perhaps they strategize and work weekends while their friends are getting drunk.
A day in the life of a strength coach is madness. And I hate to use the word “hustle” but some degree of work and “grind” is involved here.
To “make it” in such a saturated industry you have to do more than just coach athletes. And this requires strength coaches playing to their creativity to explore new projects.
With that said, there’s never a dull moment and I can’t really put any of this into a cute, little box.
Crazy shenanigans (like all my soccer boys making it up the Peg Board) will happen:
Or I’ll film a video on soccer skills in 20 degree weather, not for shits and gigs, but for my contributing work for Stack.com.
Or I’ll be coming up with “playful” movements for my youth athletes:
Or I’ll be a panel discussion for a conference on a Sunday night with some straight up studs and soccer minds from the UK and Europe:
Or I’ll casually be writing a 150+ page eBook on the side:
The daily life of a strength coach is in oscillation. A lot going on, to say the least.
But I hope this gives you a better idea of what a day may be like. And I hope other strength coaches can relate.
It certainly is the most beautiful, dynamic wave I’ll ever ride. And I’m truthfully grateful for the people, both my athletes as well as colleagues, I’m surrounded by in my career.
Thank you. Sincerely.