We look at this as combination of SPORTS + PERFORMANCE training.
The SPORTS aspect is the Physical training that is required to do well in your chosen event.
The PERFORMANCE aspect is the MENTAL and EMOTIONAL training required to have ‘grit’ and ‘be ready to meet the challenge’.
This is what sets Coach K’s Sports Performance apart from traditional training which tends to focus just on the physical aspect of training.
Our SPORTS training follows an organized system that starts with your evaluation, moves to correcting any mobility issues, and then builds strength using a system of functional and integrated movements. We progress from simple bodyweight drills to heavy weights and explosive movements as you progress, and as needed in your chosen event.
Our PERFORMANCE training focuses on building your MENTAL grit and EMOTIONAL resilience. Can you bounce back from a setback? Do you get flustered or angry easily? Can you stay focused when physically tired and too hot or too cold?
Ultimately, the combination of these three areas will help you perform at your highest level. We believe that these skills will carryover from the ‘playing field’ to your real life. Then you become a better parent, a better spouse, and a better co-worker. This is far more important than winning a 5K or Spartan race.
I have only been working directly with Coach K as my running coach for a short time. I sought his advice for a training injury prior to an event. Not only was I able to run a full marathon 4 weeks later, but I ran better than I ever had. I have been blessed to work with some of the best running coaches in the world. I have learned many methodologies including the POSE method, of which is of great value. However, your training can only be as effective as your structural ability and development. The POSE method taught me all about cadence, leg pull, minimum effective dosage, and keeping my stride centered. What it failed to help with was quad dominant running, foot placement, and ab / arm involvement during running to name a few. Until Coach K identified and fixed these problems, site unseen, those POSE methods could never benefit my running. Coach K has designed a simple and effective running program to help me run faster, stronger, and without injury.
I’m very active in martial arts and contact sports. After I broke my ulna there were complications that led to 2 surgeries, a bone graft, and a year in and out of a cast. Once the bone had finally bonded, then began the long process of regaining flexibility and mobility in the wrist and forearm. At first I went to physical therapy where my surgeon sent me, but it became clear in one session that they were unable to deal with someone looking for more than ‘acceptable range of motion’. I began working with Coach K. Within 30 minutes he had begun to identify the problem areas and had me moving better. After only four sessions range of motion was greatly improved, and a strategy was in place to continue on my own. I was greatly impressed with his very unique approaches to body mechanics and knowledge of physiology that made such quick improvement without pain or unintended damage. I continue to improve and what I learned from him has allowed me to tackle new problems as they arise using his methods.
I started with Coach K because I was unable to run more than one mile without getting stopped by knee pain. I thought maybe that I was just too old to run, but decided to give the running class a try. After working with Coach K, I successfully ran a 5 k and was improving my time. Then I went hiking in Colorado, slipped on ice, and broke both bones in my right forearm. After surgery, I returned to Florida to recover. The broken right arm created a new problem – compensating for and protecting it caused sharp pain and limited the movement of my left shoulder. I starting working with Coach K again to start running again, to help strengthen my right arm (after the doctor’s ok) and to get pain-free full motion back in my left shoulder. On the way, we’ve worked on another problem I’d been living with for years – neck and upper back pain – that probably is connected to the shoulder issue. After working with Coach K, I am on my way to having less pain than before I broke my arm, and I’m back to enjoying running.
With Coach K I went from finishing 2nd or 3rd to winning races.