Everything You Need To Know: Strength Matters Level Two Certification 

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Key Learning Outcomes:

  1. The Level 2 timetable overview
  2. The physical testing lasts just ten minutes
  3. The new era of fitness is upon us

Since we released the news of the Strength Matters Level 2 certification we’ve been inundated with requests for training plans, training guides and our 2018 calendar of events. It has been fantastic to hear and see all the excitement and interest, and I’d like to personally thank everyone who’s contacted us. But I feel the slight panic we have seen and heard has been misguided and misdirected. People have been far more concerned about what they need to do to pass the physical tests.

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I’ll be clear on this: The physical testing will collectively make up approximately 60 minutes of the entire weekend. What about the other 23 hours? There should be far more attention paid to the quizzes, coaching and practical application of the three days that will require you to demonstrate your understanding of the Strength Matters system and your ability to deliver it.

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This will include having your skills on show in front of your peers and them critiquing you in a mastermind session. You see, this is all about mastery of coaching and your ability to deliver while taking away a toolbox of information ready to apply to Everyday Athletes everywhere come Monday morning.

The goal is to be better coaches and have a better understanding of smarter training principles. It’s not about being a better technique nazi. It’s not about demonstrating wonderful feats of strength because in the real world this is the last thing your clients, customers, friends and family care about.

Great technique and personal self-development at Strength Matters are a given. It’s non-negotiable. What we want to do is refine your coaching skills and make you attractive potential clients and deliver on what they need most. And for those who are not coaches, we want you to take away a lifetime of knowledge that will serve you, your friends and families well through the ages.

The Level Two Certification Is Not About Mastery of Technique, It’s About Mastery Of Coaching

The industry has gone through many changes over the past ten years. First, it was all about how much you knew and what you could demonstrate to clients using all the latest gadgets and gizmos. Then it became all about the quality of your technique because the technique is everything.

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Well, we feel the industry is moving into a new era where great technique should be non-negotiable along with great customer service and unparalleled interpersonal skills as well as being open-minded to new developments. In the Level 2 certification, we’re going to be addressing this as you learn to deliver and develop your skills with different types of people and abilities.

You see, there isn’t just one way of teaching. It’s about using the right tool at the right time for the right person. And when that doesn’t work, you need to innovate. The goal is to develop open-minded instructors who are adaptable and agile and who are constantly willing to expand their work toolbox.

The Level Two Certification: Three Day Overview

Considering this, we feel it’s important that you have a basic overview of the three days to get a better understanding of what you’ll be doing, and more importantly, what you’ll be learning. The production of the manual is fully underway and we’re rigorously testing key concepts and ideas behind the scenes with leading industry experts.

Day 1 – AM

  • Introductions and lecture: What Is The Everyday Athlete, The 7 Human Movements and the 10 Components of Athleticism
  • Lecture and practical: Postural Assessment 101
  • Breathing and warm-ups
  • The get-up test
  • Lecture: The Hinge Continuum
  • Practical: Applying The Hinge Continuum
  • The Strength Matters snatch test

Day 1 – PM

  • Lecture: The Squat Continuum
  • Practical Squat Assessment Clinic: How to assess and fix common squat issues
  • Practical: Applying the squat continuum
  • Advanced Drills: Single leg continuum progressions (including pistol squats)

Day 2 – AM

  • Practical: Warm-ups and falling
  • Introduction to rowing and conditioning for the Everyday Athlete
  • The 500m row test
  • Lecture: Pull Continuum
  • Practical: Pull-up—how to apply, how to teach and neural hacks for better engagement
  • Strength Matters pull-up challenge
  • Lecture: Rotation and Anti-Rotation Continuums
  • Practical: Applying rotation and anti-rotation drills and skills

Day 2 – PM

  • Lecture: What Is T-Spine Mobility and What Is Working Now?
  • Practical: T-spine drills everyone needs to do
  • Practical: Windmill—progressions, correctives and variations
  • Practical: Bent press—progressions, correctives and variations

Day 3 – AM

  • Lecture: Locomotion Continuum
  • Practical: Practical application of locomotion—crawling to sprinting
  • Lecture: Push Continuum
  • Practical: Applying the pushing movements
  • Strength Matters proper push-up challenge
  • Lecture and Practical: Introduction to Double and Offset Kettlebells
  • Programming for the Everyday Athlete: How to put it all together
  • Case study challenge: Candidates are given case studies for which they design a program during an extended lunch break

Day 3 – PM

  • Presentation of case studies
  • Graduation workout
  • Feedback and certificates

Final Thoughts

We hope this gives you a better understanding of what is expected at the Level 2 certification. As you can see, it’s not just about the physical testing component. This is all about the seven fundamental human movements, how they apply with athleticism and the application of them to yourself and others. As ever, any questions, let us know in the comments below. We’ll be happy to answer.

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Further Reading:

What Is The Everyday Athlete

The Strength Matters Level Two Testing Requirements 

Why We Chose The Strength Matters Testing Standards

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The physical testing will collectively make up approximately 60 minutes of the entire weekend. What about the other 23 hours? There should be far more attention paid to the quizzes, coaching and practical application of the three days that will require you to demonstrate your understanding of the Strength Matters system and your ability to deliver it.
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James Breese
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