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1/18/2015 8:03:45 PM - Albert
I was hoping to get some help with the internship process. I am applying for internships for this summer and a lot of the internships ask for video of me coaching squat, hang clean, power clean, ect... my question is what would be your advice on how to go about this. What would a coach be looking for and should it be a live training session with an athlete? or more of a instructional video for athletes? Thanks for all the help you guys give.

I hope you don't mind me taking this one. This request is becoming more common among internship applications. It's funny, the field of strength & conditioning is in a crazy paradox right now.

On one hand, interns are expected to come in to a program for a learning experience, do the menial tasks like make shakes and wipe down benches, and go through a practical curriculum (for good internships, at least). Heck, some internships are set p that you aren't even aloud to coach per NCAA regulations.

On the other hands, interns are expected to understand biomechanics, bio-energetics, be able to individualize programming, and fully understand the art of coaching.

Strength coaches need to figure out what they want. At the same time this should tell you there is going to be a vast difference in internship experiences based on the size of school, temperment of the head coach, and ambition of the first assistant (usually in charge of interns.) Rule of thumb, the bigger the school, the less you will do.

Aside from whether the process is actually necessary, it is a great learning tool for you and if I ever make my way back into coaching I will require it to. As a potential intern, how else would you differentiate yourself from the other hundred applicants? Here's your chance.

I cannot speak for the head coach or program you are applying to. I can just give what I think would present yourself in the best manner.

DON'T demonstrate while talking to a camera, UNLESS you are viewing the initial movement with only bodyweight. Remember, you are applying for a coaching job, not a lifting job.

DON'T film a lifting session of a group of athletes. The added distractions and the imppssoble audio will distract.

DON'T act condescending, but be confident. Talk to the camera like you are talking to an athlete.

DON'T involve your personal training methodology in the technique video. Whether you believe in Olympic lifting or box squatting or whatever... (cue The Rock), it doesn't matter what you think about how other people train. Get the job, first.

DON't talk about rationale. Skip the "why you should do this lift" part. Speaking to athletes, yes, it's necessary. Tell the coach in the video how you would explain rationale to athletes NOT why the coach should have them in his/ her program. Tact.

DO have ONE other person in the video demonstrating while you are explaining the lifts. Make sure they can achieve all of the positions and they "look the part".

DO dress professional in the video along with your demonstrator.

DO have good audio. Nothing will set someone off like not being able to hear you or only hearing echos. Make sure the audio is good.

DO film at a 3/4 angle for the athlete. This is the best way for the coach to see and for you to address all the points.

DO keep the instruction thorough but concise. Get to the point. Here is a good way to think of the movement.

1. Intro. Who you are and what exercise you are explaining.
2. Very brief rationale directed at what you would tell athletes about the benefits.
3. Initial Set-Up
4. Execution of the lifts
5. Key Coaching points (keep them bulleted). including verbal and physical cues.
6. Common Errors and individual discrepancies
7. Progressions, regressions, and alternative for injured athletes.

It seems like a lot, but it will flow with practice.

Film a few different takes and make sure the edits are fairly clean.

Best of luck, Albert and I hope this helps.

Mark Watts

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