Modified Strongman Instructor - Level 1

The course for lovers of Strongman, CrossFit and functional strength training.

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Modified Strongman Instructor Course

If you are a personal trainer, gym coach or fitness enthusiast and enjoy Strongman classes, CrossFit or functional strength training the Modified Strongman Instructor Course is for you.

This fully endorsed course, with optional Practical Training day, is delivered online and teaches safe, proper and efficient movement using Strongman objects, how to coach Modified Strongman movements, how to incorporate Modified Strongman Training (MST) methodology and how to programme a Modified Strongman class.

On successful completion of the course learners will achieve certification as a Modified Strongman Instructor - Level 1, qualified to teach MST classes.

Modified Strongman Instructors are trained to deliver positive body transformations, provide support for athletic based training and enjoy increased class revenue earning potential.

Learning Aims

  • Understand the main uses for Modified Strongman Training in fat loss, athletic conditioning and rehabilitation.
  • Learn advanced MST exercises using equipment like sleds, prowlers, farmers carry, kegs, logs, sledge hammers and tyres.
  • Learn how to apply MST when designing a class programme.
  • Gain knowledge of movement patterns and cues and use in practical training situations.
  • Learn how to use language to begin, support and motivate your class.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the features and benefits of Modified Strongman Training for athletes, fat loss and rehabilitation.
  • How to use Modified Strongman equipment such as the sled, prowler and tyre.
  • Ability to programme MST classes.
  • Communication skills when delivering a MST class.

Course Structure

This is an e-learning course allowing learners to study at their own pace, on any device, anywhere in the world. For the course curriculum scroll down this page.

Learning Resources

All learners on the Modified Strongman Instructor course are supported with:

  • A comprehensive PDF course manual to download or view in the online learning environment.
  • Detailed text, photo and video e-learning content.
  • Test Your Knowledge quizzes at the end of each section.
  • Sample MST lesson plans.
  • Online tutor and community support.
  • Option to attend a Practical Training day.

Study Time

We recommend a minimum 2 weeks or 20 hours study time - plus optional Practical Training day.

Entry Requirements

There are no prior qualifications required to enrol in this course. Learners must be aged 16 years old and above.

Assessment Requirements

To successfully complete this course learners must:

  1. Programme and submit a Modified Strongman Training class plan
  2. Submit video evidence that shows competency instructing others to safely execute exercises using core apparatus - sled, prowler, farmers walk, tire and sledgehammer.

After Certification

On successful completion of this course learners are entitled to;

  1. Teach Modified Strongman Training classes*
  2. Enrol in Level 2 Certificate - Modified Strongman Instructor

*Public liability insurance and First Aid certification are essential extras for any fitness instructor. Some venues may require you hold a Gym Instructor - Level 2 certification and have a DBS criminal record in addition.

Coaches Insurance

Coaches certified by the Strongman Academy UK benefit from discounted Public Liability insurance through our partners, BGI UK. To claim the discount coaches must select ‘Strongman’ from the list of activities on the BGI UK website or inform them of your Strongman certification when applying.

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Your Instructor

Liz Barker
Liz Barker

One the UK's foremost fitness coaches and Modified Strongman Instructors, Liz Barker built on the success of her two London gyms, London’s City Strongman and The Foundry, by co-founding the Strongman Academy UK in 2019.

Liz has 17 years of extensive industry experience delivering more than 10,000 hours as a personal trainer and strength coach in a number of world class gyms and is a firm believer in the remarkable benefits of MST.

Whether your goals are to improve your sporting performance, at any level, get the physique you have always wanted, or recover from injury quickly, according to Liz, “modified strongman training will hands down deliver the results you want with plenty of fun thrown in for good measure”.

Course Curriculum

  Introduction to Modified Strongman Training
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  Modified Strongman for Fat Loss
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  Modified Strongman for Rehabilitation
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  Modified Strongman for Athletes
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  Total Boxer® OnDemand
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  How to programme a MST Group Class
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  Communication Skills when teaching a MST Class
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  Assessment and beyond
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and ends whenever you are ready! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What happens after I become certified?
On successful completion of this course learners become Certified Level 1 Modified Strongman Instructor from Strongman Academy UK and are entitled to teach Modified Strongman Training classes (with the appropriate insurance in place) and enrol in Modified Strongman Instructor - Level 2 Certificate.
Can you recommend a provider of Gym Instructor - Level 2 certifications?
Yes we can. We can also suggest a provider for your Personal Training - Level 3. Email [email protected] and we will recommend the best option for you.
Who are Strongman Academy UK?
Strongman Academy UK is the official provider of endorsed Modified Strongman Instructor training courses in the UK. For more information visit

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