According to the English Dictionary, the definition of a system is:  a set of connected things or parts forming a complex whole.”  In order to operate a productive strength and conditioning business, systems MUST be set in place to provide organization, preparedness, structure, and effective, efficient daily operations.  If you don’t have a system in place you don’t have a business, you have a job.  Systems don’t need to be complex or overly difficult, in fact many times the best systems are simple to use and easy to operate.  Systems can be used externally (business marketing,) or internally (facility code).  At Donskov Strength and Conditioning, we currently use/used an internal system for facility set up, exercise design, and exercise feedback/progress.  These are not complex, but allow the business to run smoothly.  Organization is key; your athletes and clients know the difference!  Below are a few of the current internal systems that are used at DSC.


System of Flow/Facility Set Up: Yes facility set-up is a system.  Ask any good strength and conditioning coach and they will tell you that their facility is set up a certain way in order to eliminate traffic, clutter and to adhere to their exercise protocol (i.e. order of exercise). 


Exercise Design:


Exercise Feedback/Results:  I want to coach my clients and athletes during their workout, not count reps, load weight, and document progress during exercise.  In order to accomplish this, a system needs to be in place. How can you possibly document the progress of fifteen athletes working out in the same session?  You can’t!


Systems do not need to be difficult, but they are essential for both internal and external business operation.  “Without orchestration, nothing could be planned, and nothing anticipated-by you or your customer.  If you’re doing everything differently each time you do it, if everyone in your company is doing it by their own discretion, their own choice, rather than creating order, your creating chaos.” (Gerber)




(1) Gerber, Michael: The E-Myth Revisited, HarperCollins Books, 1995.


Anthony Donskov, MS, CSCS, PES, is a former collegiate and professional hockey player, founder of Donskov Strength and Conditioning Inc., ( and Head Instructor/Director of Off-Ice Strength and Conditioning for Donskov Hockey Development (  He can be reached at