Which course Olympic Weightlifting Coach should I choose from possible providers? When choosing a course for Olympic Weightlifting Coach we advise you to ask yourself the following questions.
Question 1: There are so many providers, how do I separate the wheat from the chaff?
At present, the market for Olympic Weightlifting Coach / Strength Coach is flooded with self-proclaimed teachers and self-proclaimed institutions that want to make money fast. There is a real inflation in courses for Olympic Weightlifting Coach or Strength Coaches as well as in the teachers.
A large institution offers even courses Olympic Weightlifting Coach while the teacher has no background in Olympic Weightlifting at all and has no proper trainer license for Olympic Weightlifting. This shows that inflation in Olympic Weightlifting courses and their teachers have developed into hyperinflation.
The fact is that there are only two coaches in the Netherlands who have an official license from one of the successful foreign weightlifting countries and are registered with a valid license Olympic Weightlifting Coach at level 3 and one coach, your trainer at Dutch Weightlifting Academy, with a level 4.
Check if your teacher is a highly qualified Olympic Weightlifting Coach. Make sure that your teacher and his courses are well worth your money.
Question 2: Does the trainer/teacher offer follow up courses, such as Level 3 and Level 4?
It is important to follow a course offered by a trainer/teacher who offers further education so that if you later wish to continue your education and enter a higher course, you will have no connection problems.
We recommend that you preferably select a trainer/teacher who offers courses at Level 1 – 4.
The latter means that your trainer/teacher offers a thorough and well thought out package of courses that connect seamlessly.
Your trainer should then also have a teacher who is qualified enough to give these levels.
Question 3: What is a fair price for a good course Olympic Weightlifting Coach?
Prices for a good course range from € 150, – and € 250, – excl. VAT per person per day. Every course that is clearly cheaper probably does not offer the quality you are looking for. The most expensive is not necessarily the best and vice versa. Overhead costs naturally play a role here.
Question 4: How do I know the course also offers what I want?
A good teacher/ trainer will give you a detailed description of the course content, so you know what you get for your money.
If not mentioned ask whether there is a comprehensive course manual provided.
If the description is not sufficient ask what is provided for supporting material at the course, digital content such as videos etc.
If the course material does not contain complete detailed training plans for an entire macro cycle at different levels, you will only get theory and you will still be facing the practical problems! This does not work !!!
Question 5: How do I know if my teacher is sufficiently qualified?
The quality of your teacher is crucial. If not mentioned ask what coaching license your teacher has and if your teacher is registered as such in which country with a valid license for minimum of level 4. You are entitled to this information.
Ask whether your teacher is (has been) internationally active in Olympic Weightlifting, for example in Technical Committees for coaching and Science EWF, IWF etc. If this is the case it shows also that your teacher/ instructor is internationally recognized for his knowledge, experience and skills.
Does your teacher regular visit coaching seminars organized by EWF and IWF?
Question 6: How do I know if my teacher has good teaching skills?
Some trainers have all the knowledge, but do not possess the teaching skills to explain it to others. Inquire about the background of your teacher.
Ask for references if they are not offered.
Question 7: Are the training courses of Dutch Weightlifting Academy accredited?
Yes. The Milo courses (Dutch Weightlifting Academy) are accredited by the Dutch Olympic Weightlifting Federation and are highly valued courses. You receive an official certificate from the Dutch Weightlifting Federation.
Question 8: Are there internationally accredited courses for Olympic Weightlifting Coach?
Yes there are to some extent. For several years foreign weightlifting coaches like Bulgarian coaches offer their services. There is no general recognition of their licenses, but they are examined by the relevant weightlifting countries for assessment. Each country decides itself whether they want to hire such a coach.
The IWF offers courses at different levels with prices around $ 8500, – per course.
Each weightlifting country has its own education system and prefers coaches trained by themselves.
Question 9: Is the program accredited by the NOC * NSF?
There are no Olympic Weightlifting courses in the Netherlands approved by NOC * NSF.
This is not possible as only by the federation developed training courses can be recognized if they meet the format of NOC * NSF. This only concerns the format (structure, construction) and not the content of the program.
This would also mean that you should first follow a general basic course of 10 days that cost you about € 2000, – and that is not sport specific.
Education to level 4 would have to take at least seven years, including traineeships in accredited training centers etc.
We at Milo Weightlifting Academy created a program that is very practical and straight to the point, because we have no Olympic Weightlifting Coaches in the Netherlands, who can make a living working as a coach.
We have been involved in discussions with the NOC * NSF on this. We were asked whether we wanted to develop a program that could be recognized by the NOC * NSF. However, we believe that there is no market whatsoever for a course of seven years, resulting in very high costs for the participants in the Netherlands.
We then, to our regret, were not able to accept the assignment since we would have to come up for the high development costs and take all the risk.
Question 10: What is the setup of the Milo courses?
Our training program is organized according to the European Coaching Counsel (ECC) and according to the framework of the International Counsel for Coaching Excellence (ICCE).
Our courses are roughly organized according to the NOC * NSF training structure / composition and competencies.
The training program is recognized by the Dutch Olympic Weightlifting Federation “ NGB”.
Question 11: Location requirements?
The location should be equipped with enough suitable material such as technology discs, youth – and women bars.
The location should have an appropriate separate practice – and theory space at their disposal.
Question 12: How important is travel time?
Time is important, but must not and should not be a decisive factor if you really go for quality.
We often get students who have already done several courses and finally end up with us. Make a careful choice so you will not later decide to do another course because you’re not satisfied. This makes everything unnecessary expensive.
We have created Level 3 and Level 4 also as online video courses for maximum convenience, which can be followed on line in your own tempo from your own home.
Question 13: What service do we offer?
We recommend that you choose a tutor who also offers support in the form of follow up days/ training days. These are sessions which last a day for which you can register and where you can receive additional training/ information about specific matters, upon request, or you can submit a problem to your teacher which you are facing in practice.
Milo Weightlifting Academy offers the possibility of follow up days to support you upon request. A minimum of 5 former trainees per follow up day is required.
Question 14: A – license German Weightlifting Federation?
What does this mean?
The GDR (German Democratic Republic) program for Olympic Weightlifting Coach was among the best in the world.
The current training program for Olympic Weightlifting Coach came from the former GDR training program and is therefore outside Germany in very high regard. Even trainers from countries such as Bulgaria, Poland and Russia speak with respect about the German training program for Olympic Weightlifting Coach.
Your teacher at Milo Weightlifting Academy
Undersigned got 2010, the A – license, a seven-year course. He is certified by the German Weightlifting Federation and is registered with a high performance license level 4, called A – license. Undersigned is considered to be qualified and skilled to train weightlifters from basic level to top international level.
Furthermore the undersigned also has a valid IWF license .
Passion and sharing of knowledge
My knowledge and my passion for the weightlifting sport resulted in being asked to hold various positions in the EWF and EUWC. Since NOGB nor NOC * NSF contributes to my travel and accommodation expenses associated with my work in international positions in the EWF and EUWC, I have to pay all my expenses out of my own pocket.
I am glad that despite all the busy work that I still have found the time to develop some excellent training programs for Olympic Weightlifting Coaches in the Netherlands.
These courses differ from many other courses because they are no nonsense, to the point and of exceptional high quality with many examples of training plans for complete macrocycles. The knowledge I offer you will find absolutely nowhere else!
I am well aware that education in the Netherlands for Olympic Weightlifting Coach must be very compact and above all very practical, and the many positive reactions have let me believe that I have fully succeeded.
I would like to share with others my knowledge and experience of the Olympic Weightlifting sport. I believe that coaches and athletes are entitled to the best I have to offer.
Remco Eenink – A – License German Weightlifting Federation