The Science of Stretching – Simply Explained

Pre-stretching reduces performance. Stretching is dangerous. You must hold a stretch for at least 10 seconds. These are just a few of the topics surrounding stretching that are thrown around with some frequency. So what is the truth about stretching and what is shall we say… less than accurate? To get to the bottom of […]

Want To Be A Great Coach? 6 Things To Consider

Running Coach Certification

There are a lot of great coaches out there. There are also a lot of, well… not so great coaches. One question that I get asked with some frequency is, “What do I need to do to be a successful coach?” This is a hard question to answer, as I certainly cannot guarantee that any […]

Keep It Going!

As most all races are either cancelled or postponed (including the Olympics!) and most all gyms and rec centers are closed, in regard to training, it’s very easy to fall into the, “What the point?” mentality. I totally get it. Stop Training – Start Exercising For many of us, we don’t view what we do […]

Training For An Endurance Event While Working A Physically Demanding Job

Training for an endurance sport can be tough. This is especially the case for someone who works a full-time job that requires a lot of physical labor. This is because these jobs typically involve long hours, being on your feet for extensive periods of time, and likely involves heavy lifting. Face it… that’s a workout […]

Is There Really A Fat Burning Zone?

A lot of endurance sport athletes train and race for reasons other than competition or a high placing. One of the biggest reasons is for the health benefits and moreover, to lose weight. So when you have a client come to you with weight loss as a primary goal, how do you proceed from a […]

Are You Really In Shape?

It didn’t seem that hard, I was going about 25 mph in a pack full of riders. However, when I looked down at my heart rate, I was surprised to see 168 looking back at me. I felt fine and my breathing was steady, so what gives? I glanced over at the guy next to […]

Three Words Every Great Coach Should Say!

Inevitably, an athlete that you coach will ask you something that you aren’t 100% sure about or something that you have absolutely no clue about (ex: what is the distance of a track in the middle lane?). How you respond to these questions says a lot about you as a coach and your coaching practice. […]

Should You Have An Off-Season?

As we’re in the fall marathon season, many runners are looking forward to what comes next…. the off-season! Whether you race every single weekend or target just a couple of races per year to take part in, the off-season represents a time to relax and not focus so much on high intensity/volume training. This often […]

5 Reasons you MUST have a cancellation policy (and what it should say)

If there is anything that 20 years experience as both a personal trainer and endurance sports coach has taught me is that having and adhering to a cancellation policy (CP) is a must! Notice that I wrote, ‘adhere to’ and not just ‘have.’ I know a lot of coaches and trainers that have cancellation policies […]

How’s your EQ?

Coaching success is all too often discussed in terms of race times and places. This is a very black and white view of the coaching process and quite frankly, it’s the incorrect view. I once had an athlete come to me for coaching from another coach and when I asked how they did in their […]