weekly personal coaching:
One initial phone call/ meeting to discuss the topics listed below:
-Review of the athlete questionnaire.
-Review of all past training. (3 months to 20 years)
-Discussion of goals- long term and short term.
-Review of proposed training going forward.
A second call/meeting to ask any remaining questions and run by a few initial training ideas.
After two discussions, the end product is a written training outline for the next 3 months. This will include key workouts, volume guidelines, specific workouts to focus on for each event, and timing of when to switch training focuses.
Interested athletes, please contact me to be sent my athlete questionnaire.
elliot's thoughts on choosing a coach:
#1. Choosing a coach can be a big process. Please ask as many questions as you can. If you are interested, I'll be as honest as I can with you as to whether I think we can work successfully together.
#2. I'm often asked if I have a coaching "style". My usual answer is as follows: I don't really have a coaching "style" per say. Some of the people I coach have quite a bit of intensity because of life schedules, others because they respond well to intensity. At the same time, a few people I coach pile on miles because we've found that it works best for them. And finally, if I end up working with someone long enough, example: Ben Hoffman 2004-2016, we actually will switch up approaches. Sometimes that is to focus on certain weaknesses and other times it is to avoid mental fatigue. I like to think that I am pretty well-versed in multiple approaches and I like to find out what works best for each individual athlete. I will ask lots of questions and hopefully get answers that can lead us to the best solution. Every athlete is an ongoing problem with a continually different solution.
#3. Coaching is my full-time job. Like most professionals, I take my work seriously. I also like to goof off from time to time. The better I get to know an athlete as a person, the better I can help them as an athlete. Sometimes goofing off actually helps that process (for me anyways).
#4. Honesty and openness on both ends of an athlete-coaching relationship is the only way (in my belief) for continued success. You probably already knew this, but it's nice to have it repeated from time to time.