Coaching

8 UESCA Running Coaches Share Tips for Goal Setting

Recently 8 UESCA Certified Running Coaches were featured in a Coaching Tip Round-Up article with Running Lifestyle Media. Running Lifestyle is a digital publication for runners who live the running lifestyle. They feature information on destination races, places to run, running groups, and running stores in cities across the US. We were thrilled to participate … Read more

Are We Over ‘Data-fied?’

Aside from not being sure if ‘data-fied’ is actually a real word, I think you get the point. Recently, a post caught my eye that gave me pause. It was about how Tadej Pogacar (arguably, the best cyclist in the world) crashed before the final climb in a stage of the Giro d’ Italia, changed … Read more

Why Masterclass is Wrong

Many of you might be familiar with the online learning platform, Masterclass. For those of you not familiar with it, it is a video-based learning platform that hires well-known individuals to ‘teach’ courses in specific areas. Want to improve your basketball? Steph Curry will be your instructorWant to learn how to cook? Gordon Ramsey will … Read more

What is Functional Training?

If you’re reading this, you’re likely an athlete and therefore, have likely heard of the term, ‘Functional Training.’ The reason for this blog post is that this term has been defined in many different ways over the years, and I wanted to clarify what this term means in its purest sense and therefore, how it … Read more

The Aspect of Endurance Sports Coaching No One Talks About

Prior to starting UESCA, I worked as a personal trainer in NYC for over 20 years. During that time, I performed hundreds, if not thousands of training sessions. While those sessions differed by client, types of exercises, location, etc… the one common theme that they all shared was ‘giving.’ Giver What I mean by ‘giving’ … Read more

Caffeine Use in Endurance Sports

Caffeine is the most established performance enhancing agent in the endurance sports industry due to its ergogenic and cognitive potential. In 1984, caffeine was included on the prohibited list by the Olympic officials. Urine analysis of 12 micrograms per milliliter and higher was the limit to test positive until the ban was lifted in 2003. … Read more

5 Reasons for Peak Season Strength Training

Should I strength train during my season? The short answer is, Yes! The long(er) answer is below. USE IT OR LOSE IT! I always find it a bit amusing to see pictures of pre-season professional cyclists at their respective training camps performing stretches and strength training exercises. Why? Because almost none of these cyclists perform … Read more

10 Tips to Stay on the Legal Side of Your Coaching Practice

Coaches are often so focused on the training side of their businesses that they negate a very important part – the legal side. While I am not an attorney, as someone with over 20 years experience in the fitness and coaching business, I’ve come to learn the importance of the following ten areas: LIABILITY WAIVER … Read more

Stay In Your Lane

There are many aspects to being a great coach… Reliable. Professional. Knowledgable. Adaptable. The list goes on. However, one aspect of being a great coach that is often left off the list is that of staying in your lane. While this falls under the ‘professional’ category listed above, unfortunately, it is all too often ignored … Read more

Three Reasons Trail Running Makes You a Faster Road Racer

Trail running is a valuable training tool for any runner to keep in their tool chest to help them improve. Even if your goals are exclusively limited to road races, you’ll give yourself a big competitive advantage by strategically training on trails. In other words, run trails to become a faster road racer. Getting off-road … Read more