I offer personal coaching with in person sessions throughout the Pacific Northwest and virtual coaching internationally. If you are interested in training together please contact me to discuss your goals.
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My Training Approach
"What is the best training program?"
I've often thought this question is similar to, "What is the best haircut?" It really depends on a variety of factors. What works for one person may not work for another. My goal with any training client/partner is to create an environment where each person can excel in reaching their goals by designing training which takes into account experience, lifestyle and goals. It's different for everyone.
THE COACHING RELATIONSHIP
The relationship between a coach and athlete, or client, is always evolving. At first, the coach often has nearly all the information and takes the lead. In my experience, as the process continues, decision-making about training becomes more shared.
I believe one of my strengths as a coach is my team approach:, I have formed relationships with other coaches, medical practitioners, nutrition experts, sports psychologists and fitness leaders in order to best serve my clients. As a former professional athlete, I had a whole team of coaches supporting me; I want to give the same resources to you that I enjoyed. Most of the time the team of coach and athlete will need little additional support. However, if there is a specific need - specialized coaching or medical support for an injury or condition, choosing the best practitioner for the task can save time and money and increase the chances of a quick recovery or solution.
Coaching can be intense at first; it involves meeting regularly to exchange information. I believe that knowledge is power, and my goal is to provide you with every tool and educational resource you need to build confidence and wisdom in the activity you are training for. Whether it's technical skills, mental strategies or human biology, I want you to be fully equipped to succeed at your goal.
Many of my coaching relationships have lasted over a decade, and while I enjoy hands-on coaching, I also enjoy being a sounding board or idea generator for my long-term clients. In the past decade 27 of my clients have become certified fitness trainers, and many run successful fitness programs. Nearly everyone I train with becomes a fitness leader and ambassador, and I think that the best way to learn is to teach.
Who Do I Serve?
I am fascinated by human performance and curious about what makes people succeed. Exercise is a great equalizer, and in our regular training groups we have people from all walks of life, ages and professions, which creates variety and a strong social community.
I've worked on special projects with members of our armed forces including medical leaders and special operations personnel from the U.S. Navy, Marines and Army such as Navy SEALs and the Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, also known as Night Stalkers. In the private sector, my client list includes leaders from some of the world’s most successful companies as well as leaders in the music, entertainment and education industries. I've coached people through difficult circumstances and during recovery from illness and injury. In 2013, I started a project called 'I Climb' which serves people who have been homeless and economically distressed.
My approach begins with a philosophical belief that athletes are made, not born, and that as humans, we trend towards perfection. It's true that the human body is remarkably adaptive to training and physical improvement. I have also found that as the training process evolves, success breeds success and confidence grows with knowledge—a positive feedback loop where good decisions lead to good actions which lead to increased self-confidence. The sky is the limit!
Many people in our training group have gone from a first 5k run to the Boston Marathon. They have climbed major mountains, become healthy and managed their weight after many years of non-success. I've also had the opportunity to go on mountain expeditions with whole companies and work teams.
I always start with the question, "What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?" and go from there. Planning, goal setting, pre-conditioning, mental and physical well-being, nutrition, training, review, milestones, baselines, improvement, successes, celebrations, variety and goals are unique to every individual. No two people are alike. Once we adapt training to your lifestyle and create positive habits, pretty soon exercise will become the highlight of your day and week.
I have over 25 years of experience coaching and leading outdoor sports. While it’s not the same for everyone, physical conditioning is a fairly straightforward process. If I know why I'm doing something, the “what” will happen naturally. My goal is to help you tap into your inspiration, breathe life into your dreams and move toward your goals with confidence and joy. To borrow a quote from our new local hero, Russell Wilson of The Seattle Seahawks, "Why not you?"