Foundations of Coaching Lifts Course

Designed by the best and brightest in the industry, the Foundation of Coaching Lift Course is centered on how to effectively coach athletes how to perform using the core/compound lifts as a basis for teaching all lifts and the auxiliary lifts. You’ll learn fundamental progressions/regressions, coaching cues, and gain world class insight that will assuredly be put to optimal use in the field.

Foundations of Coaching Lifts
Foundations of Coaching Lifts

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Access to Course Materials

Once you have purchased the Foundations of Coaching Lifts couse by registering for a live event you can get access to materials by selecting the blue button


Who Should Attend

This course is aimed for newly aspiring fitness professionals looking to gain practical coaching knowledge as well as seasoned coaches looking to shore up their knowledge, get hands-on teaching tips, and ultimately become a better coach.

Benefits for Attending this Course

  • Advanced Knowledge: You will receive a course certificate that verifies that you have mastered the coaching application of compound lifts and have demonstrated the ability to identify correct technique and progressions through coaching cues and constructive feedback
  • Access to Course Material: The Foundations of Coaching Lifts materials are continually updated to ensure the information you’re receiving is relevant and applicable in today’s fitness world. The newest versions of the course manual and videos will be available at no additional charge for attendees.

>> $400 for Members
>> $450 for non-members

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Course Format

The Foundations of Coaching Lifts course is comprised of online, self-paced learning modules and two days of hands-on, active-learning and assessment.

Online Learning

After purchasing the course, candidates will be granted access to the course manual, in-depth videos, and section quizzes. It is strongly recommended to review the course manual and videos as soon as possible. Next, pass the section quizzes prior to attending the live event. The passing score for each quiz is 100%. Candidates may retake the quizzes at no additional cost. To get the most out of the live event we recommend you review the course manual, videos and pass the quizzes before attending the live event.

Live Event Schedule 

The live event is conducted across two days. The first day and a half provide insights on coaching technique, strategy, and improving movement through cues and feedback. Candidates will gain invaluable feedback on their coaching from fellow attendees and industry experts. The final part of day two is dedicated to performance assessments. Candidates will be evaluated on their ability to meet the learning objectives.

DAY 1   DAY 2  
7:30-8:00 am Registration/Check-in 8:00-12:00 pm Instruction & wrap up
8:00-12:00 pm Course Overview & Instruction 12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch 1:00-5:00 pm Permormance Assessment
1:00-5:00 pm Instruction & wrap up    

Interested in Hosting a Course

Interested in hosting or instructing a Foundations of Coaching Lifts course? The NSCA will hold instructor training at the 2019 NSCA Coaches Conference on Thursday, January 10, from 8 – 12 pm. To attend the training you will need to register for the conference. If you have any further questions please email


The NSCA reserves the right to cancel the Course at any time and will refund registration fees. Candidates are fully responsible for all other expenses; e.g., travel, meals, lodging. Candidates may request a refund prior to the event through The cancellation policies are listed below:    

  • 8+ weeks - 100% refund minus $20.00 (USD) processing fee 
  • 4-7 weeks - 50% refund
  • Less than 4 weeks - No refund

Course Manual

You must attend a Foundations of Coaching Lifts Course to gain access to these materials. 

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