Hello and welcome. My name is Christian. During my school years I started to developed an interest in strength training and athletic development. In the beginning, I was purely interested in getting myself into a better shape. I didn’t see the results I was hoping to see, so I started reading and self-studying about strength training and athletic development. The more I read and studied, my interest grew and it became clear to me that I would like to pursue this as a career path.
Despite all odds and all advice from different people that you can’t live off training athletes and I should better choose a proper career path, I followed my passion and my dream of working with athletes, preferably high-performance / high-performing athletes. This led me to study sport science to become more knowledgeable, learn more about training and ultimately become a strength and conditioning coach.
I was working as a fitness trainer in commercial gyms during my studies to get practical experience. I got the opportunity to work in a tennis academy as a fitness trainer when I completed my studies. Over the years I got the opportunity to work with higher and higher performing athletes in different countries to where I am now, working with Olympians.
But it wasn’t all that romantic!
When I started working as a strength and conditioning coach, I realized that my studies have given me a solid foundation of knowledge, the ability to search and read research papers, as well as using critical thinking (what I am really thankful for!) but it did not equip me with the necessary skills and knowledge I needed as a practitioner.