Episode 32 – Ashley Kowalewski – Navigating Strength and Conditioning

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On today’s episode, we have Strength and Conditioning Coach from the University of Arizona, Ashley Kowalewski. I first met Ashley years back when she was working as a strength coach at the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association). Since that time, AK as she is known moved to University of Michigan and now works at the University of Arizona.

Getting into Strength and Conditioning has a lot of hurdles people don’t necessarily know about. Its a grind of a job and isn’t cut out just for anyone. But if you are fortunate enough to make it to a spot, you have the ability to have a true impact on a large group of highly motivated and malleable kids. I thought it was important to have her on to show the ropes of what some of S&C looks like, the responsibility that comes along with it, and what its like navigating the space as the only female currently on staff at UA.



2:30 – Intro to AK

13:30 – The Difference between College and Pro’s

21:00 – Difference between being Friends and Friendly

26:00 – Life as a Female Strength Coach

32:45 – What Does the Strength and Conditioning Road Look Like?

39:00 – Why Strength Coaches aren’t on IG

44:15 – How to Prepare HS’ers for College

47:15 – Rapid Fire Questions


You can follow Ashley on Instagram @ASHLEYKOWALEWSKI


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