Choosing an endurance sport coach, personal trainer, and/or a yoga instructor can be a challenge.
And we need to be right for each other!
I bring years of research, certifications, and a lifetime of learning to “fail better” to clients who want to improve their strength, mobility, and endurance.
Here are seven reasons to choose us:
1. Experience Through Trial and Error – A Lot of Learning Through Failure
I’m that typical older age grouper.
Flashes of brilliance and success during a typically middle-of-the-pack 35-year “career.”
I’ve done running races, cross-country ski races, and raced all kinds of bicycles. I’ve won some, stood on a bunch of podiums.
And I’ve been that athlete who has tried all the different training and racing strategies, tried and broke a lot of bikes, shoes, and equipment, used all the different supplements and nutritional cures all while thinking it was the magic tool.
Sometimes it worked.
Most of the time, it was just different and I didn’t notice much of anything.
But what works?
Lots of slow miles, some really hard interval work, strength training, yoga, protein, and recovery.
I’ve learned so much from failing.
I bring that learning to you.
2. A Lifetime of Learning
There’s so much to learn.
I hired my own coaches, read research and books and articles, talked with experts, got licensed as a cycling coach, personal trainer, strength coach, and yoga instructor.
I know enough now to know I don’t know everything.
But I’ve learned what works most of the time, for most people.
So one of the reasons to choose us is that I know that I don’t know everything.
3. Reasons to Choose Us: Strength Training
One of the biggest tools an endurance athlete often leaves on the table is strength training.
And by strength training, I mean lifting heavy things.
We were told back in the day that endurance athletes should lift weights only in the off-season.
And women should only lift little weights for a lot of reps.
I am a certified personal trainer with an emphasis on strength for endurance athletes.
Strength training builds force that you use to run, ski, and bike faster, be stronger, and have more endurance.
We use strength training all year round, more in the base periods, and less in competition periods.
We focus on full-body exercises like deadlifts, kettlebell swings, unilateral leg and hip strength work, and Olympic lifts.
And our focus, whether for endurance athletes or my personal training clients, is always on building strong hips and a strong core.
So one of the reasons to choose us is that I consider strength training as a critical part of a weekly training plan for everyone.
4. Always a Teacher
As a middle school teacher, my goal was always to create first a fun environment where kids felt safe and secure enough to take risks in their work.
I taught English for 22 years, and getting kids to care about books and writing meant that I had to make it meaningful to them.
I could never just hand over an assignment, tell the kid to get to work, and expect good results.
We had to build a relationship, we had to set goals and decide the best way to get to a common outcome.
Coaching is the same.
I’ve coached middle school girls and boys basketball, high school girls basketball, even middle school intramural soccer (I know very little about soccer).
You’re going to make mistakes, I’m going to make mistakes, we’re going to have shortcomings.
We keep at our goals the best we can, and maybe, we become better people for our training and work together.
And we’ll have fun along the way. We’ll laugh as we work the process.
As a teacher and coach, I want you to first feel safe and comfortable, then know why we’re doing what we’re doing.
I want to see you grow confident while you get stronger.
5. Nutrition Fuels Your Success
We ride/ run/ ski for different reasons, and for some of us, weight loss or weight control is part of the process.
Plus, finding the energy to complete our workouts requires proper fueling.
Finding the right fuel for you is an individual journey. The basics of sound nutrition aren’t difficult, the personal application is more challenging.
I don’t advocate diets or the latest weight loss fads.
I am certified in sports nutrition.
That means I know enough to know that I don’t know everything.
We focus on timing our fueling, we focus on eating good food and supplementing when needed.
For most women, and some men, we work on getting enough protein in our bodies.
6. Yoga Means More Mobility, Speed, and Endurance
Yoga practice and mobility exercises provide the movement you need to keep limber, strong, and your muscles supple.
As a certified yoga instructor, I help you build strength and mobility as well as create more control through breath work.
And I’m not a 25-year-old former dancer. I’m an older guy, with arthritis from many broken bones.
I don’t move very gracefully.
And I don’t expect you to.
I only want you move how you can, using whatever modifications you need, in order to build strength and breath control.
Among the reasons to choose us is that, when I do yoga, I look like you. I do the best I can that day.
7. Mental Grit and Goals
You name it, I’ve stressed about it.
Mostly I worried about training in order to get results in racing because I always felt that somehow good results validated me as a person.
That meant, though, that I wasn’t always having a lot of fun.
So I’ve done a lot of work with mental toughness, setting “fun” goals, and learning to just roll with whatever comes.
Those are skills that directly transfer to my non-training life.
I haven’t figured it out fully yet, but I share what I’ve learned along the way so that you can find tools to help yourself.
Our Training Philosophy is Simple
I use the best available science and research-based methods to work hard, improve, get stronger, and have more fun.
And the research pretty clearly points to a four-part approach with endurance sport training: lots of long, easy distance; some really hard intervals; more strength training than you think; yoga for recovery/ rest/ mental fitness/ mobility.
So the principles of effective, research-based training for endurance sports are pretty simple: Go easy, go hard, lift heavy things, do yoga, and rest.
This is Simple training.
Need More Reasons to Choose Us? Let’s Talk!
Deciding if and why to choose a coach, personal trainer, and/or yoga instructor can be challenging.
Simple Endurance Coaching focuses on setting mostly process goals with some outcome goals so that we focus on building good foundations in living a good life.
Most of us will never get to the Olympics or win national championships.
That doesn’t mean we don’t want challenging goals.
Sometimes we just want to lose weight, do a Century Ride, finish a 10k.
We realize we have lives in addition to our training.
So we work first on helping you build a stronger, more confident, and more stable foundation of fitness.
Then we get fast.
Let’s get coffee, or, in this pandemic time, do a phone call or Zoom meeting.
I’d love to talk about your plans and goals.