Strength & Conditioning, Philosophy, and Self-Improvement

Category Archives: Self-Improvement

Can Strength Coaches Specialize Too Early?

No, seriously, I’m asking; I don’t have the answer, though I ponder this often. The topic of early specialization and long-term athlete development has been targeted as a hot topic lately in our profession – rightly so. We know that athletes who specialize too early are more likely to experience burn out and seem to […]

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You’re NOT As Organized As You Think

This post is directed more towards the younger coaches but, if you’ve been around for awhile, you still might get something out of this. Take a trip down “memory lane” with me as I remember back to a time when my boss and mentor, Scott Caulfield, opened my eyes up a bit to help me […]

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Developing an Intern Education Curriculum

This article was originally published on DougBerninger.com on February 8, 2015.   I took over the intern education curriculum at the NSCA about three years ago. Since then I’ve been searching for the best information on how exactly the curriculum should be run. At the NSCA we have a very unique situation because we have many […]

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A Change For the Better?

A Change for the Better? I am about to embark on a huge change in my life. My fiancée just recently took a great job in California. I just helped her move out here, but I will be heading back to Colorado Springs to continue working at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) until our […]

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Brett Bartholomew: The Impact of Influence

There are those people who push us to be better, whether in our professional or personal lives. Brett Bartholomew is one such person for me. Some say you should not compare yourself to others due to different aspects. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), I compare myself to others all the time, but in the sense that I […]

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5 Ways to Improve Yourself as a Coach

This article comes from the archives at DougBerninger.com with a few updates… I think sometimes we often get focused on how we need to get better because we want to be better than so-and-so coach across the way. I know that I used to be this way years ago. While it’s a good intention to want […]

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