San Diego Strength and Conditioning
Can I work with SDSC if I’m a beginner?
Absolutely! SDSC works from the ground up, which means we meet you where you are right now in your strength and conditioning journey. Your programming is customized to your needs, goals, and abilities. We have tons of experience taking athletes though their first training experience, all the way up to the advanced level.
What services does SDSC offer?
We offer personal training, technical consultation, and personalized programming. We do offer distance coaching as well.
So how does the programming work?
All clients will receive a personal session with one of our qualified and highly experienced coaches for an initial assessment. During the assessment, your coach will go over exercise technique, goals, injury history, and schedule to get a clear picture of your current training status. From there, he or she will design a personalized program for you. Every 4-8 weeks, your coach will then reassess your strength, conditioning and technique, and design for you a new custom program.
What if I want personal training multiple times per week?
Simply talk to Kyle to schedule your sessions.
How is strength training different from conditioning training?
At SDSC, strength training refers to methods of training that increase the body’s ability to produce force and power. This requires repeatedly challenging the body to produce high amounts of force or power by lifting heavy things and increasing weight over time. This results in a more efficient nervous system, which contracts muscles faster, harder, and with better coordination.
Conditioning, on the other hand, refers to the body’s ability to repeat efforts and movement (like jogging or jumping) – both aerobic and anaerobic. This requires repeatedly challenging the body with volume and intensity of cardiovascular exercise. This results in an increased density of mitochondria, increased cardiac stroke volume, improved ability to buffer blood lactate, and an increased ability to sustain higher percentages of power and strength.
Essentially, strength training focuses on force capacity, and conditioning focuses on sustained power output, but both compliment each other.
Is SDSC like Crossfit?
SDSC focuses on strength and conditioning, which is similar in principle to crossfit. However, there are two key differences: We focus heavily on technique and on safety. All programming is personalized. Our strength training is based on careful science, and involves heavy weight and long rests – not burpees and sprints between sets. We never suggest competitive heavy lifting for time, because it’s not worth the high rate of injury. Nothing is cookie-cutter here, which allows every client to progress toward their personal best at their own pace. We are here to push and educate you – but not to break you.
Does SDSC offer powerlifting programs?
While SDSC does not specialize in powerlifting, we do train the powerlifts as part of our strength and conditioning programs. A powerlifting program focuses on maximizing performance in a powerlifting meet- how much you can total (squat, dead, bench). SDSC prepares people to build strength in these movements, but also in overhead pressing, pull-ups, chin-ups, sled pushes, weighted carries and a variety of bodyweight movements. We specialize in athletes requiring a broad range of physical attributes, overall strength and a well-rounded physical capability to reach personal peaks of achievement in physical preparedness. That being said, we have prepped athletes for powerlifting events, and currently program for athletes that can produce very respectable numbers, such as a 500 lb raw bench press, and 750 lb raw deadlift.
Does SDSC offer specialized combat training?
SDSC training is ideal for armed forces and other tactical athletes. We focus on increasing the efficiency of the nervous system as well as increasing the size of the contractile components of the muscle – making you better, faster, stronger, and smarter in the way you move and move weight.
Conditioning is all about work capacity. The goal is to amplify your body’s ability to handle an increased volume or intensity of work in the targeted metabolic pathway. This approach used by our personal trainers, along with unique, personalized training plans based on our proven methods has made us the go-to for many of California’s finest cops, marines, navy, swat, special forces and operations, and other branches.