By signing up to a mentorship with me, you will learn the underlying science of how muscles adapt in different ways after various types of strength training.
With this knowledge, you will be able to write better programs for yourself, for athletes, and for bodybuilders. You will be able to formulate better hypotheses and learn more about the ways in which muscles adapt to strength training in your research. And you will be able to provide clear and engaging explanations to your clients or audiences about how strength training works to achieve their goals.
Without this knowledge, you will be stuck going around in the same circles as everybody else, writing programs based on habit or tradition, creating hypotheses based on mechanisms that might not even exist, and struggling to communicate clearly how strength training works.
What is included in the mentorship?
The mentorship comprises a 1-to-1 Skype conversation with me each month, for six months. Each call lasts 1 hour in length.
In addition, just before each monthly call, I will send you a short email with a list of suggested articles or infographics to read, or videos to watch, as background for our conversation.
Over time, you will start to see how basic muscle physiology such as the force-velocity relationship or the size principle can explain most of the research that is performed to test the long-term effects of strength training for either athletic performance or for muscle growth.
What will you learn about?
The mentorship covers the adaptations resulting from strength training. The material is divided into six sessions, as follows:
- Motor unit recruitment, effort, fatigue (and sensations of fatigue), mechanical tension and the force-velocity relationship, and the mechanisms of maximum strength and high-velocity strength (and the metabolic stress theory of hypertrophy, if you like that sort of thing)
- The length-tension relationship, stretch-mediated hypertrophy, titin, (slow and fast) eccentric training, and the effects of training through different ranges of motion
- Muscle damage, central nervous system fatigue, training frequency and workout volume, stress and the general adaptation syndrome, overreaching and overtraining
- Training muscle groups (anatomy, regional anatomy, internal moment arm lengths, working sarcomere lengths, and muscle damage susceptibility) with exercises (external moment arm lengths and type of resistance)
- The stretch-shortening cycle (and its various mechanisms), and connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, and fascia)
- Detraining and retraining (and the myonuclear domain hypothesis), reduced frequency and volume training, deloading and tapering, and progressive overload
In studying these areas, you will learn about the underlying adaptations that occur inside muscles, and the key physiological relationships that govern muscle function. These adaptations and relationships often explain a surprisingly large amount of the observations we make during training, and yet are quite rarely discussed in research or by coaches.
How much is it?
If you decide to take part in this intake of my mentorship program, the cost will be $100 per month for six months, billed monthly. You simply create a subscription for that amount through PayPal by clicking on the button at the bottom of this page. You can cancel your subscription at any time, and only pay for the months that have already passed.
Once subscribed, you will receive an email with instructions on how to book in your first 1-to-1 call with me, using the Acuity Scheduling program that gives you access to the available slots in my calendar.
This is what the Acuity Scheduling program looks like (please don’t use this interface now, the payment gateway is at the bottom of the page):
N.B. Your welcome email will include a 100% discount coupon. By redeeming this coupon, you will be able to book calls without making further payment, since you will be paying monthly by PayPal instead of through the scheduling program.
Why work with me, and not someone else?
Since I started sharing my views a little over two years ago, I have totally revolutionized our understanding of strength training works for both athletic performance and for muscle growth.
In my book Strength is Specific, I put forward a clear framework to explain how strength training transfers to sport, based on the different adaptations that occur after each type of strength training.
This adaptation-based framework has successfully predicted the results of several studies performed since it was published, and it produces remarkably effective and efficient training programs that are rapidly gaining traction among high-level athletes and their coaches.
In my book Hypertrophy, I have put forward a radical explanation for how muscle growth occurs solely as a result of individual muscle fibers experiencing mechanical tension, where this tension is determined by physiological phenomena, such as the size principle, the force-velocity relationship, the length-tension relationship, and both local muscular and central nervous system fatigue.
We do not need metabolic stress or muscle damage as mechanisms, when we understand what actually regulates mechanical tension!
This mechanical tension-based explanation has successfully predicted the results of several studies performed since it was put forward, and also explains the wider literature in a far more comprehensive way than any other model.
All of these discoveries have come about from my very extensive reading of the sports science literature, and subsequently fitting together disparate areas of research that have previously not been connected.
Working with somebody else will make you an expert in their area of research, or their method of coaching athletes. Working with another strength training expert is unlikely to help you understand the wider literature, which is essential for learning how strength training works.
That is why working with me is a unique opportunity.
What do previous participants in the mentorship program say about it?
Feedback from the first iteration of the mentorship has been very positive, with everyone having a great time and learning a huge amount of useful information. Here are a couple of testimonials.
You get a lot of education for your money, and it is fun too!
Chris has put together an truly staggering amount of information in a systematic format that is both understandable and digestible. I’ve learned more from him in the past six months than I did in several degree programs ranging over five and half years at university. Not only is his information useful in terms of theoretical frameworks for decision-making but also specific to mechanisms for actual results. On top of all of the above, speaking with him over Skype is a real joy as he is a wonderful communicator who takes his role as educator both professionally and with a good dose of humor.” – Kyle (by email, May 25, 2019)
What you learn will help you improve your training programs.
“Wow. That was a great 6-month learning experience, Chris! I just read the stuff, asked my questions, applied all new insights and boom … I see cool progress even after almost 25 years of strength training experience. Thanks for being so awesome!” – Bozhidar Batev (by email, May 25, 2019)
Although the material covered is complex, it is still easy to understand.
I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of this mentorship program with Chris over the past 6 months. He’s truly an outstanding teacher, able to take complex ideas on training and present them in a very simple-to-learn fashion. Everything he teaches is backed by literature and research studies, which allows for the ability to read through the research yourself and dive into even more concepts. So much of how I program is reflective of concepts I’ve learned from others and applied to the field of baseball. He has been a huge source for me. I highly recommend hopping on a Skype call with him and reading his work for any coach or aspiring athlete looking to carve their own way! – Bill Miller (on Instagram, 21 May 2019)
You would be crazy to pass up this opportunity.
I cannot even begin to express the far-reaching impact Chris Beardsley’s Mentorship Program has had on me as a coach and life-long learner.
We live in a day and age where athletic performance training is mandatory for anyone looking to excel at the highest level of their sport. As coaches, we can no longer simply program random sets, reps and exercises hoping for the best possible outcome without using valid research and science to back up our claims. Our athletes deserve better.
If you want to have the best possible information at your disposal to train your athletes, you have to go directly to the research, directly to the science and that is exactly what Chris exposes you to during the Mentorship Program.
In order to put your athletes in the best possible position to maximize their potential, it is imperative to understand critical concepts such as: specificity, the force-velocity relationship, the length-tension relationship, eccentric training, progressive overload, fatigue management and high-threshold motor unit recruitment. You will not find this information in a traditional academic setting or on your favorite fitness website.
Now I know what you are thinking, ”I already know what progressive overload and eccentric training entails.” You might think you already know, but I can assure you, you do not.
One final and very critical point to mention is that you will not meet a more genuine, kind and caring individual than Chris. He has a great sense of humor, is very down to earth and routinely goes out of his way to ensure the greatest well-being of his students. You will not find a more knowledgable individual in the Strength & Conditioning field, nor will you find a better human being. That, I know for a fact.
Chris is a coach, mentor, role model and dear friend.
You would be crazy to pass up this opportunity. – Barrett (by email, May 28, 2019)
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, it is very worthwhile!
When I first saw that Chris Beardsley was offering a mentorship opportunity, I was hesitant to pull the trigger on it immediately. I routinely evaluate these decisions based on an opportunity cost because time is my most valued and limited commodity.
I am a full-time coach and master’s student, and have read both of Chris’s books, his Medium articles, and I read his monthly research review. This made me question the value of this service to me, because I felt how much more could I gather from speaking with him when I already felt so versed in his work versus what I could gain by reading other material. However, I felt Chris would not offer this unless he thought it could bring value to others. I decided to commit and spend the time and money on this venture.
It was well worth the investment.
This mentorship is for you if either of the following apply. If you consider yourself a subject matter expert and wish to set yourself apart from your peers. If you wish to understand on the deepest and most fundamental levels how training adaptations occur in order to solve novel problems presented to you through different client scenarios.
I thought this might be too basic of an introductory experience for me, but Chris did a great job of meeting me where I was at and challenging me to work through more difficult thought experiments in our discussions. This is not meant to deter new coaches who do not understand his work, I think Chris can meet anyone where they are at and give them value. He is as gifted as a mentor/instructor as he has shown himself to be as an author and researcher.
I do not know how to praise and promote this opportunity enough. Invest in yourself and do it – Robert Taylor (by email 2 June 2019)
What is the mentorship program like?
If you would like to see what the mentorship program is like before signing up, the easiest way is to book a 30-minute consulting call with me to talk about any strength training-related topic that you are interested in.
If you don’t want to do that, here is a video of me talking briefly about the muscle-damaging effects of strength training, which is similar to how the presentation parts of the mentorship are delivered.
My views on the way in which muscle damage is caused during and after strength training are actually now slightly different from those described in this video. However the delivery style is fairly reflective of the mentorship program, although obviously you get the chance to ask questions as I go along, and I speed up or slow down depending on whether you look like you are following along easily or falling behind.
How many places are there on the mentorship?
Currently, I split my time between consulting for strength and conditioning coaches who work in elite sport, online training for athletes, delivering seminars, writing the S&C Research Review, writing books, and publishing articles, videos, and infographics on the Strength & Conditioning Research platform.
So I have very little time to spare!
However, teaching the next generation of strength training experts is very important to me, so I am setting some time aside to make it happen.
Even so, there are only so many hours in the day, so I am limiting the number of spaces to a total of 15 people.
Given that my work reaches tens of thousands of people every day, and I receive dozens of detailed questions about how to program strength training for various goals every week, I expect those places to disappear very quickly!
Please sign up now, or get in touch, if you are interested.
What happens if you don’t feel like the mentorship is right for you?
If you sign up to my mentorship program, and decide that it is not the right thing for you after our first Skype or telephone conversation, then I will refund your first monthly payment of $100 in full, with no questions asked.
If you sign up to my mentorship program, and decide that it is no longer right for you at a later date (or if you decide that you have accomplished your learning goals), then you can terminate your monthly subscription through PayPal at any time, and stop doing the program. At that point, you will only pay for those calls that you have already received.
Sounds great, sign me up!
That’s great! I am looking forward to talking to you!
To sign up, please create a recurring payment for $100 per month by clicking on the PayPal button below.
Remember, you can cancel this at absolutely any time, and if you don’t think the mentorship program is right for you after our first 1-to-1 conversation, you can have a full refund of your first month’s payment, with no questions asked.
UPDATE EFFECTIVE 1 June 2019 – all spaces for the current 6-month mentorship course have now been taken. If you would like to take part in the next mentorship course (starting 1 December 2019), please sign up to the email waiting list to be notified when sign-ups become available.