From the Field – Transitioning from Military Service to Strength and Conditioning Coach

by Gabe Bain, CSCS, TSAC-F, RSCC
TSAC Report December 2021
Vol 62, Issue 5


This article provides recommendations and advice from a former active-duty Infantry/Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army on the transition to becoming a tactical strength and conditioning coach.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 



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Gabriel Bain is the Brigade Lead Strength and Conditioning Coachfor 17th Field Artillery Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA aspart of the United ...

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