Sports Performance Expert – Including Level 4 Strength and Conditioning

by | Jul 1, 2019 |

“This course has been designed by James Barr MSc and John Hardy MSC in consult with Professional Coaches and Athletes to change an industry that is beating its clients up, to produce Instagram exercises.  We intend to share how we have been producing Athletes that can perform while avoiding unnecessary injuries!”



If you are the athlete that wants to put something back into your sport.  Maybe you were shown bad techniques and some of the fitness techniques you were exposed to finished your career early or stopped you fulfilling your potential. Perhaps you are looking at sport and seeing techniques that are just not supported by science, these techniques are making athletes slower, more injured and wasting time on fads instead of building fitness for the next game and the next ten years.

Going on this course is not a usual journey, it has been designed to push you to think more, question more and to find real evidence to make decisions from.  It will be tough, and it will be a journey where you and the course will end up as mates for life.  More than that though, it is going to be open for you to keep coming back, year on year, so you stay up to date.  This is going to be the most rewarding course you have sat through, and we will not only deliver the content and skills you need to excel, we will also bring the changing room back, to help you build rapport and feel that teammate feeling all over again.

This course is built to change the performance industry.  Although it is designed to help people train Athletes, the content by default will help all humans.  It is time the industry got to experience the power of using research-backed techniques, delivered by performer level coaches, who measure success on real on the field in competition results.

The Building Blocks of the course – 

AIQ Level 4 in Strength and Conditioning
FASTER Exclusive Astroturf printed Hub system
FASTER online content for the SPE (Sports Performance Expert) full qualification

Compulsory Modules

Pre-recorded Science Lectures added every two weeks
Live online and recorded Coach lead from the field hangouts (using
Culture tasks from an introduction video to a, well I am not telling you and ruining it!  (These go up every 4 weeks)
4 Day Live Practical get together

Non-Compulsory Modules 

Pre-recorded Nutrition Modules
Pre-recorded Business Modules including daily business actions

You will get taken from the beginning through to the complicated and we will meet you on your knowledge level and with your learning style.

This is the hub that will set you apart on the field

Made from Astroturf and portable, the hub links with running ladders and helps you build workouts that keep the client working hard through complicated movement patterns, without slowing to think. 

These are the dates –

Online and Live – September 2019
Online Pre-recorded – September 2019
Live 4 days – Nottinghamshire venue to be confirmed – 18,19,20, 21st June 2020


The Teaching team

We have split the team into two components.  The directors of education and the in the field trainers.


James Barr MSc – With a degree in Sports Science and Biology, and an MSD in Biomechanics, James has trained individuals from all different sporting backgrounds for performance and returning to play post injury. He has worked with athletes from professional rugby, International cricket, performance cycling and veteran age group athletics, amongst others. James has also played semi-professional rugby in France.

John Hardy MSc – Has worked with all sports in fitness and injury rehab/prevention, including Premiership Footballers, International Rugby, Netball athletes and Olympic Triathletes.  This is not including his work with Endurance and Ultra Marathon Athletes. John was a qualified football coach and coached in the UK and US.  His has lectured globally, he has completed and written courses in performance for almost 20 years.

Faculty of in the field trainers 
(A mixture of professional athletes and coaches)

Justin Richards
Loy Stobart
Kim Godfrey
Charlie Knight
Dan Farr
Ollie Pearce
Chris Woodhall
Scott Devenney
Jon Ship

*More details below.  People who sign up can keep coming back every year.*

Course Content


L4 AIQ Strength and Conditioning Award

You will be required to pass a practical and complete all the workbooks. 

These are the modules to complete –

Performance analysis of the activity and athlete

Plan, deliver and evaluate periodised, performance-related strength and conditioning programmes

Science Track

These are the bi-weekly modules – 


Research Techniques
How to find, evaluate and build your knowledge using peer-reviewed and high-quality papers. 

Reading Research
How to break down available research paper by paper to ensure the content is relevant and usable with a client.

Understanding the terminology around bones, bones motion in space and how this is important for a SPE Coach

A joint by joint lecture on the role of each joint, the possible motions, problems, and how these influence motion

The science of the muscles in motion, how they are stimulated, how they grow and much more. 

Movement analysis short cut through a process called HMAC’ing, exclusive to FASTER, this is a system of learning how to predict motion in the body, at every bone, joint and muscle. 

Skill Development
The science behind defining and building skill as quickly as possible. 

Rapid Change of Direction
A lecture focussed on the analysis of the science behind turning or cutting. 

A review of the science and practical takeaways showing how we can get our athlete to get to full speed fast

Top Speed
The science behind the training techniques required to raise the top speed of our Athletes

Speed Endurance
Performing at top speed for as long as possible requires a good knowledge of the latest science behind fatigue, which is what this module is. 

Understanding fatigue, fuel, and psychology is the part of the process of endurance training that this module focusses on.

Defining, and then building routines and long term plans based on the latest available science

Building on the previous module on endurance, this module looks specifically at techniques to improve the way a client deals with fatigue

To deliver a performance on a specific date, or over a specific season requires management of intensity and volume over time, and this module explores the science behind this.

Motivation and Psychology
Taking an overview of how to coach an Athlete so that you can help them through everything from on the field preparation, through to general everyday life.  

Injuries and Pain
Differentiating between pain without injury and pain with injury is one step.  Dealing with short term and long term pain and injuries, especially against the back drop of an eager driven client and a demanding coach, is something that you want to be backed by the science we share in this module. 

Long Term Planning
Periodisation examined in detail.

A two-part lecture showing how to build programmes for different sports and different outcomes, hypertrophy, making weight, performing a one off, in a tournement and for the season.  

In the Field Live Discussions


Applying Research

Movement in the field

Assessments and observations

Exercise Generator


Lifting and Bodyweight

In session management

Coaching Movement

From the field stories

Practical problem solving

Session Examples



Nutrition Overview

Understanding Biochemistry

Understanding Digestion

Understanding Metabolism

Understanding Macronutrients

Understanding Micronutrients

Understanding Hydration

Bioavailability and Food/ Supplement Choices

Managing Energy intake and expenditure

Long Term Change – Weight Loss

Long Term Change – Hypertrophy

Short Term – Pre and Post Exercise Nutrition

Short Term – Managing the Exercise Period

Specifics – Team Sport Nutrition

Specifics – Weight dependent Sports Event

Specifics -Tournament Nutrition

Specifics – Endurance Athlete Nutrition

Special Populations – Illness

Special Requirements – Eating Disorders

Business Skills


Brand building 1

Brand building 2

Finding Voice

Building MAYA

Designing Compelling Stories

Designing Compelling videos

Designing Compelling Blogs

Designing Compelling Podcasts

Delivering Voice

Delivering Visuals


Finding a following

Networking for work

Building a 3 year Plan




Daily OMF week

Culture – Every 4 weeks we set an optional task to build up our community culture.  This helps you to understand fitting into a changing room as well. 

Introduction to the course

Introduce yourself video

2 Facts – 1 Fiction game

Viral Video Share Week


Best Joke

Worst Shirt with proof you wore it out

Best Changing Room Story

The proudest/embarrassing story

Small Team Advert Competition


The Live four days will happen in Nottinghamshire on June 18,19,20 and 21st and will be practical if you want to join in, or observed if not.

Day 1 – 11pm until 4pm

11.00 – 11.45 – Introduction to Movement Science
11.45 – 12.00 – Break
12.00 – 12.45 – HMAC – Bones and Joints
12.45 – 13.45 – Lunch
13.45 – 14.30 – HMAC – Muscles and Practice
14.30 – 14.45 – Break
14.45 – 15.30 – HMAC – Practice
15.30 – 16.00 – Debrief


Day 2 – 11pm until 4pm

11.00 – 11.45 – Creating Motions – The Big 8
11.45 – 12.00 – Break
12.00 – 12.45 – Creating Assessments – The Why
12.45 – 13.45 – Lunch
13.45 – 14.30 – Creating
14.30 – 14.45 – Break
14.45 – 15.30 – Creating Assessments – The Biomechanics
15.30 – 16.00 – Debrief


Day 3 – 11pm until 4pm

11.00 – 11.45 – Creating Assessments – The Energy Systems
11.45 – 12.00 – Break
12.00 – 12.45 – Building Exercises – Strength, Speed, Direction Change
12.45 – 13.45 – Lunch
13.45 – 14.30 – Loading Exercises
14.30 – 14.45 – Break
14.45 – 15.30 – Coaching Performance
15.30 – 16.00 – Debrief


Day 4 – 11pm until 4pm

11.00 – 11.45 – Programme Design
11.45 – 12.00 – Break
12.00 – 12.45 – Programme Design
12.45 – 13.45 – Lunch
13.45 – 14.30 – Programme Practical – Performance Team
14.30 – 14.45 – Break
14.45 – 15.30 – Programme Practical – Performance Individual
15.30 – 16.00 – Debrief