Working with HJ Coaching means you will receive expert advice from a experienced and highly-qualified coach.
As not one programme suits every athlete, your programme will be individually-tailored to meet your training needs and to fit around your lifestyle. For junior athletes, input from parents will be encouraged throughout the programme. If you are interested in the new mentoring programme for younger athletes I am launching then please get in touch with me. Details are in the most recent blog.
When you sign up you will be asked to fill in a detailed questionnaire to help us:
- establish current health and fitness
- examine recent training history
- identify strengths and weaknesses (physical,psychological and tactical)
- explore reasons for training
We will discuss your needs to develop your own individual training plan.
The training plan
Within the training plan we will look at short- and long-term goals and identify potential races. Some races will be target races and of higher importance, whilst others could be used for training focusing on particular elements of your development.
Any weaknesses in skill or technique that can be focused on to enable you to train and race more effectively will be broken down into specific sessions to give you the best chance of achieving your goals.
Weekly training schedule
You will receive a weekly training programme via Xhale, an online platform where you post feedback and receive advice. The system allows you to download, print and share statistics taken from training aids such as GPS computers and power meters.
Your schedule will contain details of each workout, identifying the type of exercise, the duration and the intensity. All aspects of your training will be covered including swim, bike, run, strength and conditioning, stretching and nutrition.
Feedback is a crucial part of the athlete-coach relationship, so on top of the Xhale training programme you will also have one-on-one access to your coach via phone and email.
There are times when a experienced eye to look over your technique, or an extra bit of motivation for your training can nudge you back into the right direction. You do not have to be signed up to book these individual sessions. Costs will be sorted at the time.
How does it work?
Book in for a session in each of the disciplines to give your training or racing a boost. We can then look at the specific issue and address this to aid your performance.
What are the benefits?
Discipline-specific training can help you to improve your technique or fitness. It will also provide you the ideas to go away feeling refreshed and motivated.
Open water swimming is one example that could be one-to-one or with a few friends in a small group. Open water swimming requires a different kind of stroke, a wider variety of skills and most likely the use of a wet-suit.
To improve bike skills we can offer individual sessions on how to approach hills and descents, or group riding skills, especially now that draft legal races are being promoted for age-group athletes. Get a few friends together and receive expert advice on how to ride close to the rear wheel of the bike in front, or how to look through the group to see where you are going.
Athlete mentoring Programme: