My coaching focus since 2004 has been endurance running and triathlons. I work with an athlete to ensure he or she has the foundation to reach their ultimate goal. This is an ongoing collaborative process that can vary from person to person: my role can be primarily as a sounding board for an experienced athlete who is already dedicated and motivated, or giving specific daily workouts to a fitness newcomer who needs to know the ‘why’ behind what we are doing.
It is important to recognize what you as an athlete need and want, so I can provide the resources to help you reach your goal. Through an initial conversation, a plan can be made that, through ongoing contact and progress, will evolve as you do, to better suit your ever-changing life and goals.
Whether you are a goal-driven triathlete or someone who just wants to get in shape, we all know why we’re here: to get fitter, faster, healthier than we were; to stave off the effects of aging and stress on our minds and bodies. My focus is on having fun, and helping you to be fit and healthy in a way that works with your lifestyle.
Building a relationship and a rapport together is important because we’re going to be partners on your fitness journey. Even though I take training very seriously, I also like to have fun with it, because I have found that one of the biggest barriers to committed lifestyle change is in the mind. It’s easy to get discouraged over bad form, plateaus, dietary issues or life stressors. Sometimes a good laugh can turn things around and remind us that we’re here because we care about ourselves.
It all starts with an assessment of your current fitness including balance, posture flexibility, cardiorespiratory ability, and strength. From the assessment, I can work with you to feel stronger and fitter.
My commitment to you can be expressed through a pledge I have taken that focuses on your physical and mental health.
When you’ve made the decision to do something about your health and fitness, and are willing to work at it, you’ve truly unleashed an unstoppable force. Your body wants to get in shape, to heal, to feel vital and healthy, and it will do whatever it can to achieve this.
Often, it’s the mind that’s the problem!
We tell ourselves we can’t, or we’ll never make it. If you’ve ever begun a workout programme or fitness regimen and abandoned it later, you know all about the mind and its many stories. You probably could have continued getting fit, if someone had sat down with you to look at what happened and manage the behaviours better next time. That support and close contact is part of the value of having a coach.
When working with clients who have never had personal training before, I always explain what’s happening physiologically with the body as we train, and act as a resource of information on the health benefits of the exercise we’re doing. My role is to provide the encouragement, technical skills and assistance to help you reach your targets. But my job is not just instructional; I’m an active partner in the workout, supplying you with the tools to make good, healthy decisions and cheering you on as you work to achieve your goals.
My favourite sport is mountain biking because it forces me to stay present to my surroundings. It wasn’t always that way, but as I became more and more motivated to get faster, fitter and stronger, I craved the more challenging terrain as a way to stay focused.
Are you getting burned out or frustrated? Is it time to shake things up?
As a Registered Kinesiologist, I understand the inner workings of the human body. I have had the privilege of taking people from the couch or the hospital bed to the starting line, and I’ve learned to recognize when someone is pushing too hard — or not hard enough. For example, if you want to complete a triathlon but don’t know how to swim, we’ll break this target down into realistic, attainable goals that you can feel great reaching, as you keep your eyes on the prize.
As your trainer and your cheerleader, I will take the role of advocate for you, giving you a perspective on your goals that can sometimes get lost in the race to the finish.