What to Look for in a Coach

Coach

When you're looking for a coach, or just looking for ways to improve your athletic performance, there are a few things that really set the experts apart. Here are a few tips on finding the right coach for you:

Experience and Specialization

If you're a skier, you should look for someone with ski experience -- makes sense, right? If you're looking to accomplish a specific goal — say, hitting a new Rut PR — you'll want to work with a trainer who specializes in running.

Too often, we see athletes who have had previous experiences with coaches who were generalists and no real-life experience with the sport they're coaching for. There's no doubt about it — no one understands an athlete better than another athlete!

Education

Just because someone is an amazing athlete themselves, doesn't mean they're qualified to give performance and health guidance. Extensive experience and a degree in a related field go hand in hand and you should look for someone with both. Look for a degree and certification in their particular area of expertise.

Ask for References

One of the best ways to find out what you're really getting in a coach is to search out, or ask for, references. Getting to talk to someone who has experienced results firsthand is ideal, and most trainers are happy to share success stories, testimonials, and references.

Compatibility

Possibly the most important thing is to talk to the provider and get a feel for their style — finding someone who matches the energy level and motivational style you respond best to will bring you the best results because ultimately you have to WANT to perform better.


Coaching at Lone Peak

We offer a variety of coaching and consulting options for athletes looking to take their performance to the next level. Our training plans take into account your busy schedule and physiologic make-up to ensure your time spent training is efficient as possible. This personalized approach keeps you on track and is the most effective way to reach your goals.

What's Included in Your Plan

  • Your personal coach
  • Custom training plan adapted continuously throughout your training plan
  • Free training peaks Premium account 
     

Data Metrics Used in Individual Training Plans

Lone Peak Performance's coaching plans are created for each client based on their individual needs and goals. We use metric tools like heart rate and performance management charts to ensure your coaching plan is tailored to you. 

GOLD

  • 1 monthly meeting or phone call to review plan and check-in about progress
  • Workout plan is updated every week based on progress and heart rate/power analysis of workouts. Includes feedback of training.
  • Unlimited text/email correspondence; Monday – Friday (9-5)
  • 1 performance test included when athlete commits to 6 months (Either: VO2max, Functional Threshold Power, or Gait Analysis).
  • This is for the athlete who has multiple important races throughout the season and requires frequent monitoring of training and recovery.

Cost: 259/month

 

SILVER

  • 1 meeting at beginning of training to plan out workouts and set goals
  • Workout plan is updated every two weeks based on progress and heart rate/power analysis of workouts. 
  • Unlimited text/email correspondence; Monday – Friday (9-5)
  • 50% off performance test of choice when athlete commits to 6 months (Either: VO2max, Functional Threshold Power, or Gait Analysis).
  • This is for the athlete who has one or two important races during the season and needs monitoring of training and recovery

Cost: 209/month

 

BRONZE

  • 1 meeting at beginning of training plan to plan out workouts and set goals
  • Workout plan is updated every month based on progress and heart rate/power analysis of workouts
  • Email correspondence; Monday – Friday (9-5)
  • This is for the athlete who is on a budget but needs helps with structure throughout the year.

Cost: 159/month