Why the Conditioning Coach Certification Keeps Changing

Become a certified conditioning coach

Ever since I first started writing about conditioning in my first post on the Sherdog MMA forum back in May of 2008, my goal has remained the same: help people discover the truth about what conditioning really is, and why it’s so often the missing link to improving both performance and health.

The post that started my entire journey into the online world of coaching was titled, “How to finally solve your conditioning problem,” and nine years later, I’m essentially still writing about the exact same thing – only to a much bigger audience.

Although my first book was titled, “Ultimate MMA Conditioning” and I wrote it primarily for combat athletes and coaches, I quickly discovered it was being read by coaches and athletes from a wide variety of sports.

Emails and questions starting pouring in from people who weren’t coaches or athletes at all; they just wanted to improve their conditioning to look and feel their best. This taught me early on that the struggle to put the pieces of conditioning together is universal.

Everyone was trying the common approach of doing endless high-intensity intervals. But it doesn’t take long to realize that making yourself tired doesn’t mean you’re making yourself better.

My book showed them a different way to approach conditioning. It’s not about seeing how much of a beating your body can take. It’s about efficiently optimizing bodies for health and performance.

My Next Step Forward: Coaching the Coaches

Hearing from so many people—from all areas of fitness— who connected with my work was exciting and motivating.

By rethinking their approach to conditioning, they were finally seeing better results.

All I could think was one thing: I need to do more.

The best way to do this was to shift my focus to coaching the coaches. If I could help coaches understand the value of conditioning for performance, health, and longevity, I knew I could have a much bigger impact.

This idea was the beginning of the first live BioForce Conditioning Coach Certifications.

Over a two-year period, I traveled all over the world–from New York to Ireland, Australia, China, Japan and everywhere in between–coaching the coaches.

The feedback I got while working with hundreds of coaches was tremendously positive. But, there was one thing that kept coming up in the surveys I sent out after each seminar.

The coaches loved all the principles, methods and strategies I taught them. But, they felt like two days just wasn’t enough time to cover everything I put together.

To be honest, I agreed with them.

I wanted to teach people as much as possible, so I crammed a ton of material into the course. By the end of day two, I often found myself rushing through sections while I ran out of time.

Once again, I knew I needed to do something different.

I could turn the material into a three or four day course, which I knew would make it harder for people to come to. Or, I could take an entirely different approach…

The BioForce Certified Conditioning Coach Course Goes Online

In November of 2016, I launched the first online version of the certification course. For the first time, coaches from anywhere in the world could go through the all the principles, methods and strategies I’ve developed over the years on their own time and at their own pace.

The results were even better than I expected: hundreds of coaches enrolled in just a few days. I couldn’t help but ask who their main clients were and the biggest reason why they joined the course. I’ll let you read a few of their stories yourself:

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It was great to see so many coaches excited to learn more about conditioning and help people improve their performance and health.

I knew that putting the course online would open it up to more coaches, which is what I wanted.  While this was a step in the right direction, it still seemed like there was something missing…

The Coaches Come to Seattle

After spending so much time teaching the course in person, I knew just how valuable it was for coaches to be able to ask questions in person, to see exercises demonstrated live and meet other like-minded coaches.

Even with a private Facebook group for coaches enrolled in the online course, nothing can really compare to interacting with people in person.

To make the course even better, I decided to add a live, 2-day workshop in Seattle, completely free to all Certified Conditioning Coaches. The event was open to anyone who had ever been through the course, online or in-person, at no additional cost.

I also brought in special guests like Nate Green, Dr. Gerry Ramogida, and Luka Hocevar to present.

I wanted the event to be as much about meeting and networking with other coaches as anything (something I think is hugely valuable). We packed those two days full of hangout opportunities, from group dinners to high-tech laser tag.

The live conditioning coach workshop in Seattle

Braving the rain for a partial group photo after our Lake Washington dinner cruise.

It was a huge success. In fact, I got such tremendously positive feedback from everyone who attended that I decided to make it an annual event. Every year, I’ll host this free 2-day workshop for all BioForce Certified Conditioning Coaches.

This means that once you’re a Certified Conditioning Coach, you get to come to this world-class event every single year… for free! There’s no other certification or course in the industry that offers anything close to this.

The 2020 BioForce Certified Conditioning Coach Course: Movement, Mental Performance, Nutrition, Recovery and More

I’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make the Conditioning Coach Course better than ever.

After seeing the success of the live event in September, I knew exactly what I needed to: recruit other top experts to add new material and a new dimension to the Certification.

One of the best parts of my job is that I frequently get to work with some of the best and brightest minds in the fitness industry.

Over the years, I’ve learned a ton by listening to a wide variety of experts. I wanted to bring some of them together to add their perspectives, strategies, and top methods to my Certification.

The end result is something really special. You’ll find new concepts on conditioning and movement, mental performance, and nutrition that simply aren’t covered anywhere else.

This makes the BioForce Certified Conditioning Coach course more comprehensive, more valuable and better than ever before.

Here’s some of what you can look forward to:

Mike Robertson and Bill Hartman: “How to Improve Movement Quality to Reduce Stress, Accelerate Recovery and Improve Conditioning”

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Mike and Bill are two of the smartest guys in the industry. I can honestly say that there’s no one better when it comes to improving movement quality. They’ve developed an incredibly unique and effective approach centered around the autonomic nervous system, and I’ve personally seen it work miracles.

But, they cover more than just how to prevent and treat injuries. They introduce an entirely new way to improve movement quality, one that decreases energy expenditure and maximizes conditioning. Expect to see:

  • the top exercises to develop more efficient breathing patterns and accelerate recovery
  • how to increase your ability to tolerate stress by improving parasympathetic function
  • a better approach to improving range of motion and mobility which enhances movement capacity

Dr. Mike Roussell: “Nutritional Strategies to Turbocharge Conditioning and Maximize Performance”

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Nutrition provides the fuel the body runs on, making it crucial to conditioning and performance. One of the thing that makes Dr. Mike unique is his knowledge of how to optimize brain health and performance through nutrition. This area is incredibly important but rarely considered when it comes to conditioning.

Dr. Mike’s module on nutrition will cover the basics and advanced food and supplement strategies to help people get the most out of their training. Get ready to discover:

  • nutritional strategies to boost endurance and the ability to tolerate the stress of training and competition
  • how to accelerate recovery with advanced nutrition timing protocols
  • simple, but effective ways to enhance brain function and boost mental performance

Brian Cain: “The Art and Science of Mental Performance Coaching”

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If you’ve read either of the articles on mindset and how to accelerate recovery by turning off stress by Brian Cain, you already know how important I think mental performance is for conditioning.

Most coaches have spent years learning how to develop physical performance, but they haven’t learned how to transform the mind.

Brian Cain is a guy that’s worked with the top athletes and the best teams. His systematic approach to improving mental performance is unlike anything else in the industry today. His module will give you a step-by-step blueprint for developing key mental skills in everyone you work with.

Be prepared to add these to your coaching toolkit:

  • Brian’s best strategies to evaluate mental performance limitations and identify the most important mental skills that need to be developed.
  • the best way to high-intensity conditioning to improve awareness and self-control
  • the most effective method for helping people improve consistency by creating the right habits and avoiding negative feedback and self-talk that limit performance.

Become a Certified Conditioning Expert and Join a Community of Top Coaches

Investing my time and energy into becoming a top conditioning coach has given me opportunities that I would never have dreamed possible.

I’ve helped athletes make the team for the first time and win world championships. I’ve been a part of record-setting performances and, just as importantly, watched people improve their health in ways that will add years to their lives. 

When I first started training, I thought strength was the most important quality I needed to develop. Now, almost 20 years later, I’ve worked with athletes who want to reach the top of their sport and everyday people who just want to look and feel their best. Time and time again, I’ve seen that conditioning is the real difference-maker.

The BioForce Conditioning Coach Certification is the result of the lessons I’ve learned throughout my career. I created it to give other coaches the same opportunities I’ve had. It all starts with the ability to radically transform people’s health and help them reach their performance goals.

That’s why I’ve brought in other top experts in the industry to add even more cutting-edge strategies, methods and principles to the course. And it’s why I’m working to make the free live event even better than last year.

With more than 17 hours of video, a 150+ page workbook, a live two-day event, and access to the private online community of top coaches from all over the world, I can guarantee that the Conditioning Coach Certification will help you build your skills, grow your reputation, and open new doors to reach the top of the field.

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