I’m a CSCS – Now What?

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in FAQs, Personal | 1 comment

I’m a CSCS – Now What?

People often ask me:

“What are you doing now that you have your CSCS?”

If I was in there shoes, I would want to know too. Taking the CSCS is a lot of work, and before you begin such an undertaking you should consider whether or not it would be worth it.

At the start of all our journeys to become a CSCS – we are all in different places. Some (like me) are switching careers and are looking for a way to establish ourselves as knowledgeable when it comes to strength and conditioning. Some of us need the certification in order to be employed as an S&C coach for the military, NCAA, or similar places of employment. Some, like Ryan Grella of cscstestprep.com are physical therapists and being a CSCS just makes sense for your job and career.

It all started five years ago…

For me it started when I got into training. I was bored of my desk job, bored of video games, bored of drinking and socializing. I wanted to build on something and improve myself – inspired by a friend of mine who got in shape doing P90X (yes, I know) I decided to learn how to get in shape & get strong. I started with a $50 set of adjustable dumbbells and a bodybuilding routine – and the changes came rapidly.


Working out 3x a week and changing your diet from complete and utter shit to something healthy can have a big effect in 6 weeks. Still had a long way to go, but from that point on I was hooked. I read everything I ran into online about strength training and tried any diet that made an ounce of sense or seemed plausible. I got stoked about it and wanted to share this passion with others – but I was just some dude who read a bunch of shit on the internet. So I thought I would get my CSCS, and I bought the book and practice exams. They ended up sitting around for a few years – between working, working out, playing video games and cooking I was too distracted.

A few years later I was pushing past intermediate levels of strength and hitting advanced in some lifts. Around this time I started getting injured – hamstring injury, back+abdominal injury, and finally a shoulder injury. I went to a sports medicine doc, physical therapy, massage therapists, and chiropractors. The results were ok, but took forever. Most of the time visits did a little bit, or close to nothing. I couldn’t really tell the difference sometimes whether it was just me resting or the work that was being done.

My First Experience with Bodywork

Fed up with injuries hampering my progress, I decided to try something new. Having heard of Active Release Techniques, I decided to give it a try. I looked up local practitioners and found a massage therapist who really seemed to know what he was doing: Thomas Wells. Using ART in combination a muscle testing techniques: Neurokinetic therapy my shoulder injury which I had been suffering with for 4 months was 80% better after one session. One session, $110 out of pocket…got me the results of 6 weeks of physical therapy & a dozen $20 copays. It was not only cheaper – it was faster. I was hooked, baffled, intrigued, and skeptical all at the same time.

The Transition

As I continued to get bodywork for my various ailments, I continued to ask questions about his techniques. It dawned on me that a happy, healthy, and fulfilling living could be had doing this work. Tired and bored of my desk job – i took the plunge. I quit, and lined up all of the following activities

  • Massage School
  • Active Release Techniques (lower, spine, upper) courses
  • Finishing my CSCS + writing on this blog + finishing the book
  • Neurokinetic Therapy

Fast forward to the present day

I’m working in a room right next to my mentor, Thomas Wells. Working on building my business and honing my techniques. Every day is different. Every client is different. Some cases baffle me, others are straightforward. The work is extremely fulfilling.

But at the same time it’s stressful. Learning how to run your own business is a challenge. You never really have “time off” – because you’re working for yourself. There’s always more to do. Learning how to cope with this is the major challenge. But that’s the point – i’m being challenged and growing.

Would I do it all again?

My CSCS certificate sits on my wall right next my ART Full body certification. It reminds me that I am an expert on strength and conditioning. Even though it is just a piece of paper, it boosts my self confidence – and in any service based business self confidence is key.

It also tells the client that when I assign them a corrective exercise for their ailment, that exercise is being chosen by someone knowledgeable.

I haven’t written on here in a while, and that’s mostly because i’m very busy. I’m working on my business website www.juliancorwin.com. It’s all a work in progress

One Comment

  1. Nice update Julian, I love to hear what people are doing with their credential. Best of luck with your new business!

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