- Lactate Threshold Testing
I prefer to work with a client towards a long-term goal of a year, a season or a specific race. It gives me a better understanding of what the athlete's overall goal to be able to develop a suitable long term plan. From here, I can periodize the season into Transition, Foundation, Preparation and Peak phases and then re-adjust the program as the athlete makes progress toward his/her ultimate goal. Weather you are located in St Louis or anywhere in the world we can help with your sporting achievements.
We begin work with an athlete when I receive the Athlete Profile in my email. I carefully look over all the information the athlete has sent me and then I start the customized plan. I take the athlete’s lifestyle into account including how many hours the client works, what their family commitments are, how long they have been training, previous injuries, race goals, and others.
The next step is to evaluate the athlete's current fitness level and Heart Rate Zones. There are a variety of ways of doing this but the ones I like to use most often are my standardized field tests in each sport and also a Metabolic Vo2 assessment. Lactate Threshold testing is also a great way of identifying an athlete’s correct levels of training intensity. It usually takes a few weeks to determine the correct heart rate training zones for athletes, so this takes a time commitment from the coach and the athlete. We will determine RPE, Lactate Threshold and heart training zones for cycling and running as well swim pacing times. These can all be done at our facility here in St Louis or one of the many other Facilities located all over the world.
Once I have the athlete's baseline fitness determined, we work together through the different training cycles to help the athlete reach his/her goals. I use an Annual Training Plan to develop my athlete's programs. This is not written in stone as there are situations that arise and things can change. I am pretty flexible on re-adjusting the schedule to fit around the athlete's life.
Once we get into a good rhythm of training we will consistently test fitness and re-evaluate the program.
Triathlon and sport are my life and my passion. It is part of who I am. Sports give me the energy and drive to reach higher, to want more. Endurance sports are not just an activity, event or hobby, but a lifestyle, a healthy lifestyle. Sport at the purest level has made me the person I am today and I love what I do.
Ever since I can remember, I've been interested in sport, but more importantly, "how can I get better or improve?"
After injuring my ACL playing Australian Rules Football, this lead me to Triathlon where I started competing in 1991 as part of my knee rehabilitation. This brought me to wanting to share my passion with others through Coaching and Personal Training. Since 2003 I have gained many various certifications and education. During my course of study I gained exposure in numerous fields that will help me guide and assist you as an athlete. These areas include: physiological testing, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, sports nutrition, athletic injury and biomechanics.
I believe my ongoing studies, 35 year athletic history and lab experiences have been instrumental in my ability to understand the concepts behind endurance training. I consider myself a student of the sport and continue to learn daily. I am very opened minded about training philosophies and realize that there is so much more out there for me to learn and experience. The excitement of learning and experiencing something new, gives me great incentive, motivation and drive.
My philosophy is simple. I'm a firm believer in results through consistency in training and consistent testing. I don't believe in magical programs or workouts, but believe in learning, having fun, motivation and getting out the door. I prefer to focus on that which has significance, set goals, big and small, with plans on how to achieve them. Celebrate the everyday victories; learn the lessons of our failures.
I'm looking for hard working athletes that want to be inspired. I love living a healthy lifestyle and helping others achieve their fitness goals. I'm the type of coach that wants to develop relationships with my clients. The better I get to know my athletes the better I can help assist them with their individual needs. I understand that there will be periods of frustration. I believe that is one of my most appealing traits. Throughout my years as an athlete I have had personal experience and/or struggles with: motivation, diet, injury, time constraints, etc. I feel that having successfully moved passed these points on numerous occasion gives me the experience to help guide you through the rough times.
Compliance and communication are crucial to an athlete/coach relationship. We are all more similar than we are different. However, there is no exact science to triathlon training. We are essentially running an experiment based on basic physiology and performance philosophies. Having said this, I would like to agree on a plan for the entire year or season so that we know the overall goals that we are working towards. We will never know if the training is working unless you see the plan through.