Coaching encompasses a vast array of variables that contribute to an individual’s performance or success. It’s not just about getting stronger or faster, although that’s often the end goal, there are many other factors where coaching can assist:
- reviewing and testing your fitness levels – run tests, bike tests, maximal strength tests, ROM tests
- checking technique – that second set of eyes, on both your physical form and also your training programme
- reviewing diet – many people can think about training once a day, but most of us eat 4-5 times per day, so getting these choices right is a huge contributor to your performance
- ensuring you get the key workouts in, as well as lighter recovery weeks
- support through injuries – either by best practice advice or recommending other exercise professionals
- development from season to season, whether that’s within the same discipline, or branching out into something new
- goal-setting and plan design
While we’re talking goal-setting, many go for physical challenges, and events……and there are plenty to choose from!
Road running, cross-country, your first 5k parkrun, obstacle course racing, duathlon, triathlon, ultra-marathons, adventure racing…the list is endless.
Whatever challenge you decide to take on, the help from a coach can make all the difference to both the outcome and the journey as you progress towards your event. Henry has extensive experience training and racing in endurance sports (see trainer profile). He is keen to pass on his knowledge to help get you prepared for your next event, whether you’re a total beginner or an elite athlete.
What you can expect:
- a detailed athlete profile – what brought you to your current point, and where you’d like to go next
- a breakdown of your target event into it’s specialist components
- bespoke training plan using Training Peaks software – tailored to your fitness level, lifestyle and the time you have available to train
- a realistic nutrition plan (only makes 4th on this list, but nutrition underpins everything you do)
- goal-setting – targeting your main events and bridging your training towards these
- strength and conditioning to keep you strong and reduce your risk of injury
- regular fitness assessments to plot your progression
“I’d always been intimidated by the thought of doing a triathlon, but in 2006 one of my friends convinced me to do a sprint event, and from there the seed was sown. It’s a great sport to get involved in and it’s also healthy for your body with the wide variety of training. Now I’ve completed two iron distance triathlons – racing over 3 disciplines – swimming, cycling and running a marathon to finish. There is no better feeling of achievement (and relief).” Henry