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1/13/2015 8:08:56 AM - Joey

I wasn't sure who to direct this question to, but since I have been reading some of your articles recently I figured I'd ask you.

I graduated college in 2013 with a degree in exercise science with the plan on becoming a strength and conditioning coach. However, in November 2012, I had to have my left hip replaced. Once this happened, I thought it would be best to change my career goals because how effective can a strength coach really be when he himself can't perform certain types of lifts anymore. Now two years later, I keep wanting to go back to becoming a strength and conditioning coach. So my question is, do you believe a strength and conditioning coach must be able to perform the lifts he is asking his athletes to perform in order to be successful?

I do believe it's important to be able to demonstrate the lifts. But, you don't have to demonstrate them heavy. If I demonstrate Hang Cleans it's with 95lbs. Squat is 95 or 135 and bench is usually 135. There are some others, but it's always really light.

At a certain age there will be things that you have trouble showing, but hopefully by that point you'll have good assistants.

Overall, I think you need to be able to do everything, to a point, that you ask your athletes to do. It lends to your credibility.

I have a replaced hip and I can do everything I ask my athletes to do except truly sprint. I'm 39, so you'll be fine.

If you want to talk about it give me a call. 413-433-9026

Matt Rhodes

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