ELEIKO OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING AND PROGRAM DESIGN FOR STRENGTH COACHES
ELEIKO OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING AND PROGRAM DESIGN FOR STRENGTH COACHES
Eleiko Sport is the premium choice for coaches and personal trainers when choosing strength and conditioning equipment. Over the years, Eleiko has also become the number one choice for education and training programs. The course that we offer in the US is a comprehensive course in Olympic weightlifting that is specifically designed for strength coaches who work with athletes in various sports. Look at what some people have to say about our course:
The Eleiko Olympic Lifting and Program Design course raises the bar for education. We provide two days of hands-on instruction, over 175 pages of top-quality content, dozens of videos, and a library of coaching resources, all created, refined, and taught by a team of veteran weightlifting coaches, successful strength and conditioning coaches, sport scientists, and respected educators.
This course is the most comprehensive, scientifically based educational course for coaches, trainers, and strength and conditioning professionals who want to excel in all aspects of their jobs, including teaching the Olympic lifts in a group setting, designing periodized training plans, assessing and addressing movement deficiencies, working within a performance team, and monitoring training progress. This unique hybrid course deepens participants' understanding through pre-course reading and quizzes followed by two days of hands-on coaching, video review of lifts, and thought-provoking class discussions.
Participants receive online access to materials covering applied physiology, biomechanics, and pedagogy for teaching weightlifting movements. This ensures a common level of scientific knowledge and jump-starts the learning process. Too often these foundational areas of knowledge are overlooked, and coaches can have a hard time appreciating the basis for their training and methodology. The face-to-face course allows participants to hone their coaching skills and reflect on their practices. Supplementary coaching materials such as athlete assessment tools, program design templates, facility management documents, and a library of scientific articles assist coaches in growing long after the end of our two days together. Eleiko education, much like Eleiko equipment, sets the bar high.
Why This Course Is the Best in the Field
While strongly grounded in applied sport science, this course also acknowledges the tremendous contribution that communication, teaching, and relationship skills play in being a successful coach. At Eleiko, we believe a strength coach must be proficient in teaching lifts, designing training plans, and building quality relationships; in this course, we tackle all three skills and provide you the tools you need to be successful working with athletes and clients of all ages and abilities.
During the course, participants are frequently asked to consider how they would handle a variety of challenging situations related to training, programming, and interacting with athletes. Coaches must think critically and wrestle with realistic coaching scenarios where they must consider training science, psychology, gender dynamics, motor learning, and common sense to determine how to proceed. We rely heavily on scenario-based learning, which has been shown to result in deeper learning than lectures.
The hands-on portion of the course focuses on participants actively coaching each other and practicing the drills and cues they learn. You will not simply do the lifts, but work with everyone in the course to become better at coaching all aspects of the lifts.
Instructors will break down each lift into small segments, giving coaches the ability to progress the lifts incrementally, cue positions effectively, and correct errors at any stage. Coaches are primarily teachers; learning how to be a better teacher will make you a more effective coach.
The participant-to-instructor ratio is kept low to allow each participant greater opportunity for interaction with our expert instructors. We want coaches to be comfortable applying what they learn to their unique environments.
Course Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
- Teach the Olympic lifts and other major exercises efficiently and correctly in a group setting
- Develop a periodized annual training plan from scratch for a variety of sports
- Properly assess and address movement deficiencies in athletes
- Create and administer valid and reliable tests to monitor athlete progress
- Understand foundational applied physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and kinesiology and how they relate to practical aspects of training
- Utilize effective coaching techniques to reach all types of learners
- Develop a “coach’s eye” for identifying and correcting common errors in the lifts both live and using video feedback
Who Will Benefit from Taking This Course?
- Strength and conditioning and sport performance coaches
- Students planning a career in training, coaching, or strength and conditioning
- Personal trainers, sport coaches, and functional fitness coaches
– Course Outline & Schedule –
Prior to the hands-on course, participants will be given online access to four chapters of the course to review. Depending on the educational backgrounds of course participants, the material will either serve as a helpful review or introduce them to the basic scientific foundations needed to be an effective strength coach. Recommended readings are suggested for more in-depth coverage in each chapter. This material will be briefly reviewed in the hands-on course and serves as a type of “prerequisite” to make sure all course participants share a common level of knowledge. Below is a brief overview of the pre-course materials.
- Scientific Foundations: Physiology and Kinesiology
- Biomechanical Principles in Weightlifting
- Addressing and Assessing Readiness for Training
- Introduction to the Olympic Lifts
Live Course Outline:
- Snatch and Snatch-Related Exercises
- Clean and Clean-Related Exercises
- Snatch and Clean Pulls
- Jerk and Jerk-Related Exercises
- Additional Strength Exercises: Squats and Presses
- Training Plan Design
Live Course Schedule:
- Course Material Review
- Pedagogy and Teaching the Olympic Lifts
- Snatch: Hands-On Small Group Coaching
- Training Plan Design
- Clean: Hands-On Small Group Coaching
Video Analysis of Day 1 Lifts
Snatch and Clean: How to Coach Corrections to Day 1 Lifts
Jerk: Hands-on Small Group Coaching
Training Plan Design
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING TO THE COURSE?
Please bring all your training equipment (e.g., knee sleeves, lifting shoes, training clothes, wrist wraps, tape), some snacks, and anything else you might want to have during the day.
-Continuing Education & Certification-
The Eleiko Olympic Weightlifting and Program Design course provides multiple opportunities for career advancement and professional development for coaches. The knowledge you gain is invaluable in helping you become the best coach possible and your access to online resources after the hands-on component will assist you with all aspects of strength coaching.
For those looking to maintain certifications you currently have, the course offers CEUs for NSCA, CSCCa and NASM. You can earn 1.4 NSCA CEUs, 7 CSCCa CEUs, and 1.6 NASM CEUs during this two-day course
HOW TO BECOME A CERTIFIED ELEIKO STRENGTH COACH
To earn the distinction of becoming a Certified Eleiko Strength Coach, course participants must successfully pass a 65 question exam lasting 45 minutes. The exam covers the written course materials as well as major topics covered during the course and is administered online one week after the conclusion of the course. Participants may select a time to take the exam that is most convenient for them within a two-week time span. A score of 70% of higher is needed to pass the exam
Most coaches have areas where they are more and less proficient so if you have an exercise science degree but have not coached the Olympic lifts extensively, you might focus your studying on the Olympic lifting chapters and on being able to identify lifting errors and prescribing effective drills to correct those errors. Alternatively, if you spend all your time working with lifters but have not done any programming or athlete testing, you should spend more time learning that material. For additional information or questions about the exam, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Instructors –
NSCA-CSCS, NASM-CPT & CES, USAW-2
Angela has comprehensive experience within the health, fitness, and performance industries, including 5 years of experience in physical therapy and over a decade of her time dedicated to strength & conditioning and competitive Olympic-style weightlifting. Angela earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Science from University of Nebraska – Kearney in 2004 and competed in the heptathlon as a member of the Track and Field team. Since 2004 she has competed and coached competitive Olympic-style weightlifting on both the local and national levels. She has served as the Director of Sports Performance at Loyola University Chicago since 2011, and in this time, she has worked with multiple Olympic sports. Angela’s practical experience (as an athlete, a strength & conditioning coach, and a weightlifting coach) coupled with her passion for education enables her to provide expert knowledge while bridging the gap between sport science and the application of those principles in real-life settings.
PhD, NSCA-CSCS, USATF-2, USAW-2, ISAK-2
Anna has extensive experience as a professor, sport scientist, weightlifter, strength and conditioning coach, track and field coach, research laboratory manager, and sport science consultant. Anna earned her doctorate in Sport Physiology and Performance in 2016 and is passionate about teaching others about sport science and weightlifting. She is a former competitive weightlifter and has held positions at several universities teaching undergraduate and graduate classes such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport nutrition, essentials of strength training and conditioning, and personal training. Anna’s combination of intensive education, years as a professor, and practical experience as a coach enables her to see the larger importance of scientific concepts, clearly communicate relevant information to coaches, and help maximize athlete performance. Anna received her BA from Williams College in 2005 and her MA and PhD from East Tennessee State University in 2009 and 2016.
CSCS, USAW Senior International Coach, USAW Instructor
Mike has over 30 years of experience working with weightlifters and athletes ranging from the youth ranks to the Olympics, where he was personal coach of 2000 Olympic gold medalist and 2004 Olympian Tara Nott. He is a former High Performance and Coaching Education Director for USA Weightlifting (USAW) and served on the USAW Board of Directors, USAW Coaching Committee, and International Weightlifting Federation Executive Committee. Mike also worked for Al Vermeil as an assistant strength coach for the Chicago Bulls and Vermeil Sports and Fitness. Mike is passionate about coaching, weightlifting, and helping people excel in their careers as coaches and athletes. For the past 20 years, Mike has led clinics for weightlifters and coaches, and he also has extensive experience in operating his own private sport performance facility, managing international and national weightlifting events including the 1996 Olympic Games, and coaching track and field. As an athlete, Mike threw the hammer at Arizona and competed in weightlifting. Currently, Mike serves as the Head Coach of Forza Weightlifting Club in Grayslake, IL.