"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 and what works for one person is unlikely to work for everyone.
The coaching relationship
The relationship between a coach and athlete or client is always evolving. At first, it's often the case that the coach has nearly all the information and takes the lead. In my experience, as the process continues, the decisions of training become shared.
Two minds think more comprehensively than one, and suddenly the power of Team! kicks in. Sometimes it's a team of two, but often, it's more. My strength as a coach is the strength of community, so to be of best service to clients I enjoy relationships with other coaches, medical practitioners, nutrition experts, sports psychologists and other fitness leaders. I had the experience of representing my country as an athlete and benefited from an entire team of coaches supporting/mentoring me. I want to offer to you the same resources that any professional athlete might enjoy.
Coaching can be quite intense at first, meeting very regularly and exchanging much information. I believe that knowledge is power, and my goal is to provide every tool and educational resource to build confidence, wisdom and ability in the activity we are training towards. Whether it's technical skills, mental strategies or human biology, I want everyone on our team to be fully equipped to succeed at their goal.
Many of my coaching relationships have lasted over a decade, and while I enjoy hands-on coaching, the resources I can bring to longer relationships are more as a sounding board or idea generator. In the past decade twenty seven of my clients have become certified fitness trainers and many run successful fitness programs. I find that nearly everyone I train with becomes a fitness leader and ambassador and I think that the best way to learn is to teach. ("You teach best what you most need to learn." -- Richard Bach)
Whom do I serve?
I have had the fortune to train with people from all walks of life. I am fascinated by human performance and curious about what makes people succeed. Exercise is a great equalizer. In our regular training groups we have people who cross all social boundaries: education, age, profession, experience, fitness level. It has always resulted in variety, acceptance and a stronger social community. On special projects, I've worked with members of our armed forces, including medical leaders, special operations personnel from the US Navy, Marines and Army, Navy SEALS and the Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment '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. I am currently working on 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 and 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 and... there really is no limit.
Whether it's training for a 1st 5k run or The Boston Marathon, successfully climbing major mountains with whole companies or a group of strangers, regaining and maintaining your health, sculpting your body and managing your weight at any age, I have found that training always works best when it's tailor-made.
I start with the question, "What would you do it you knew you couldn't fail?" And we go from there. Planning, goal-setting, preconditioning, mental and physical well-being, nutrition, training protocols, review, milestones, baselines, improvement, successes, celebrations, variety, more goals...it's all unique to each individual. No two people are alike, and my core belief is that, for us to succeed, we must adapt your training to your lifestyle. Building with both traditional methods and cutting edge new information, we will actualize positive habits, progressive skills, and, pretty soon, exercise and movement become the highlights of the day, the week.
I have over twenty-five years' experience coaching and leading in outdoor sports. I find that, while not the same for everyone, physical conditioning is a fairly straightforward process. I also believe that if I know 'why' I'm doing something, the 'what' will happen naturally. So I try to tap into that inspiration and it makes me feel unstoppable. That is my goal for everyone I train with, to breathe life into dreams and move towards goals with confidence and joy. To borrow a quote from our new local hero, Russell Wilson of The Seattle Seahawks, "Why not you?"
If you'd like to train with me, you may start by either filling out and submitting one of the questionnaires on my homepage, or by simply contacting me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206 291 7979.