There are many individuals now offering coaching for cyclists, runners and triathletes. Whether you are a complete novice or aiming for the next World Championships there will be someone who claims they can help your performance. You can even get a download of a training plan from the internet, or from your favourite magazine….but you know my view on those!
What further amazes me is that many of these “coaches” have little ability or knowledge to determine strengths and weaknesses in fitness other than undertaking an FTP test, or looking at race performance. Whilst better than nothing, it clearly doesn’t highlight the full story.
My final concern, is the level of qualifications of many out there offering support. OK, there are some great former athletes who offer coaching, but do they have the relevant physiological knowledge? There are some sports science students that are offering services, but many lack the breadth or depth of knowledge that is sport specific. Then there are those with a 6 week personal training qualification…..aaaarrrrgggghhhh! The best one I came across recently was someone who took up triathlon at University a few (very short) years ago, and is now charging top £££ for his services. …and he was at University doing an economics degree! I think you get my point!
University of Cape Town, not a bad environment to study in 🙂
That said, there are many great coaches out there. There are also a few other people offering the high levels fitness testing services that we offer at Sportstest. My advice, consider carefully where you go to get your support. The fees charged are not always a reflection of the level of service you will get!
But, rant over, what’s my point…. The services we provide at Sportstest are not only backed by research, much of the research that is used to support your training plan was actually undertaken by myself, Dr Garry Palmer. For instance, Continue reading