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Colin has helped in every aspect of my endurance cycling pursuits. From power to fueling to recovery to race strategy, he has applied his wealth of experience and adapted his coaching to my individual needs, talents and issues. He cares about your success and your enjoyment through the process. I have been with him for well over a year and highly recommend him and CTS for any serious endurance athlete.
Ryne is an absolute badass, great coach and I can’t imagine working with someone else. He is helping me level up consistently over time.
Sarah has been awesome at helping me train smarter. The strength training has helped tremendously in making me feel stronger on the trails. She’s been awesome at adjusting training based on the scheduling constraints life throw at me. I recently injured my leg and having a coach adjust things and go to for advice has been amazing. I feel much more prepared than i have in the past.
So far Neal has helped me focus on what matters most in this time of the year (adding intensity and holding back on overall volume to avoid risk of injury).
Working with Ryne over the past several months led to a huge success in several ultra marathons. The longest distance was a 50 mile and there was also a two day event that I competed in. With Ryne’s coaching I was able to hit all my hydration and nutrition goals, able to finish, have fun and even place exceptionally well in my age group. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a coach.
Adam. What an amazing coach.
After having attempted my first 100 mile before Adam, I decided I wanted to take it serious and go at it again.
Instantly when I met Adam, he was very welcoming and on board in helping me reach my goals. I trained for 3 different ultras with Adam as my coach and the word I will say is, its like family. He was always checking in, having engaging conversations; it is like I was talking to my older brother all the while having the professional guidance and accountability as a coach.
I highly recommend Adam as any distance of an Ultra coach. He always considers all of the variables and angles of attack to the race. He always added a fresh perspective to my races that I did not consider.
Thank you for an amazing experience and for being an amazing coach.
You are awesome Adam.
Working with Coach Fitz has opened my eyes to the benefits of customizing and adapting training that is specific to my needs. While I am focused on ultra running, he is also able to prescribe training across other modalities to combine everything into a single plan with the ultimate end goal of making me a better athlete. I’ve had bad experiences in the past with coaches prescribing standard training (i.e. threshold, intervals, long run in a week) that I can accomplish on my own through any training book or website. In addition to the effective training, Coach Fitz thinks about the “other” factors that make preparing for ultra distance races unique (nutrition, temperature, terrain, etc.). We’re just getting started on this journey, but I’m stoked to see how much progress is made after stacking multiple training blocks together.
I simply don’t write reviews for anything… Andy is the rare exception.
Working with Andy has truly been a life altering experience. Having been a runner and cyclist throughout my youth and into college and graduate school, the majority of my 30s were spent doing a whole lot of nothing athletically. By the time my 40s hit, I was completely out of shape, overweight, and on a path of potential long term health problems. About two years ago, I decided to make dramatic lifestyle changes with the primary goal of restoring a healthy balance to my life, but also to begin competing again in the endurance sports that I loved in my youth.
I first became aware of Andy and his coaching ability while racing bikes in graduate school many years ago– Andy coached a couple of athletes I knew well, and they always seemed to be winning races and doing amazing things.
Even though I was a middle-aged, out of shape guy with no real athletic accomplishments since the late 1990s, Andy took me on and began working with me to outline a series of goals and a plan to accomplish them.
Andy is an exceptionally knowledgeable coach — both on the bike and in endurance running. I continue to learn a tremendous amount from him. He is very patient, easy going and has an amazing ability to handle what I have viewed as setbacks (injury, illness, work/life/travel, etc) as no big deal. I’m continually impressed with how he tailors and adapts my workout schedules to meet my insanely busy schedule.
About a year ago, I told Andy I wanted to not only run my first competitive marathon (I’ve run the distance as part of ultras in the past but never raced it), and wanted to do so in a Boston Qualifying time. Most people who know me thought I was entirely detached from reality… not Andy. He let me know that it was certainly a do-able goal, but would require a lot of hard work and some luck (no injuries, etc.). Sign me up!
Andy has been an instrumental and vital partner in helping me train and accomplish all these goals. I got my BQ (by 3+ minutes), broke a 20+ year old PR in the half marathon (by 6 minutes), and set all-time PRs in every distance from 10K to the Marathon. I am in the best shape of my life — both running and on the bike. Had anyone told me two years ago that I would have accomplished all this, I would’ve laughed. Andy deserves way more credit than I can write in a review.
Many thanks and cheers!
Sarah is very easy to talk and work with. We’ve had regular conversations regarding my training and progress. She’s worked with me to adjust my schedule when life threw curve balls.
I chose to work with for a number of reasons. Communication was one. One of the other reasons was her experience with strength building. When we began working together I had painfully tight hamstrings. Her workouts help complexly eliminate this issue.
Her training protocols, strength training and communication helped me further develop my confidence, and performance leading up to my A race, leadville 100 run.
Working with Jeana is amazing. She has been extremely helpful in setting and achieving my goals. She is always positive and transmits a “can do” attitude. She is also very flexible in changing/adapting my training and goals when life sends the inevitable curve ball or injury. She works with both my wife and me and coordinates our training while at the same time treating us like individual athletes. She also takes the time to meet up with us whenever possible for a ride, skiing, or just a social get together.
What is great, even beyond my expectations: Coach Max is able to find a sweetspot between hard training and keeping me motivated, hungry for more. Working without a coach I had a typical problem of pushing too hard too often and now it is solved. I am still on a learning curve and feel my fitness is improving a lot – but the starting point was not that high. Coach is listening to my feedback and adjusts program according to it. I am still before first races after starting work with CTS, but I have gained a lot of confidence in my fitness and development.
What is not perfect for me (I haven’t talked about it with Coach yet) – strenght training program seems to be a little bit too sophisticated for me. Probably it is a bit too structured and complicated and as I don’t have much experience and skills with this type of work, I don’t have much fun doing it. And not always comply with it as well.
I am very grateful to have Nicole as my running coach. I am confident that she thoughtfully considers my specific physical, emotional and situational needs when creating training plans for upcoming races. Through her frequent communication, she provides objective and affirming feedback, advice for moving forward and continuous encouragement. I am developing as a runner because of Nicole’s commitment to providing such an individualized and personal training plan for each of her athletes.
I have made excellent progress in my first year with Coach Paul. He has a great attitude and deep knowledge. He also respects my goals and work constraints. I am making good progress on my goals, which is to continue to learn, improve, and stay injury free. My thanks to Paul!
Working with Matthew has been great. He is accessible and responsive. He challenges me and is still very understanding that “life happens”. I’m very happy that I’m working with Matthew and look forward to the future training, goals, and events with his help.
I’ll preface this review with the fact that I’m a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a Bachelors’ Degree in Exercise Science. I’m a trail/ultra coach myself and was looking for a coach who could truly challenge me physically and was someone I could learn from to better my own coaching. Corrine is the cream of the crop. I super appreciated her respect for the science, but also has tremendous experience to draw from. I DNF’d the Run Rabbit Run 100 back in 2016 and finally decided to give it another go. I hired Corrine to make absolutely sure that I could complete my goal, and in a way that I felt proud of. But I’m a busy dad who runs a business… Corrine was easy to work with and respected my schedule and life obligations. I highly recommend working with CTS and especially Corrine. They’re doing it right. The bar for entry to be a coach these days is LOW, and at CTS they make sure you’ll have a solid coach who can get you where you want to be!
Works with me to help me become and stronger runner. Knows when to push, when to back off. Uses science and research in formulating a plan and a response. Also is tuned into the emotional aspect of life. She is an amazing athlete herself which is a huge plus.
I really enjoy working with Max! Max has provided me with the level of structure to my cycling that I needed. He has been encouraging and punctual in responding to questions when I have them. If there is anything missing, it is my inclination to ask questions and request phone meetings more often. Max has incredible knowledge and I need to access it more than I do now. I get so wrapped up in execution that I neglect the “why” of what I’m doing. Now hat I am coaching a NICA team locally, I intend to have more discussions with Max.
Matthew and I have been working together since Spring of 2017.
The carefully planned workouts are at the core of what I have gotten from Matthew. But honestly, sometimes his comments and phone calls have been even more important. He has been steady when I have been working hard toward an event, and when I have been allergic to my bike after months of training. He has been there when I was trying to make sense of a power meter for the first time, and when I had to take a long break to recover from a non-bike injury.
He has become ever more attuned to my need for rest. Pouring on hard workouts is EASY. Balancing hard workouts with adequate rest (especially as I get older) is much more challenging. Often he detects my need for more rest BEFORE I DO!
Our pre-event planning phone calls have been GOLD. Going into events with a clear plan and a back-up plan has been tremendously helpful. Of course, being able to de-brief my big events with Matthew is equally valuable.
Thank you, Matthew!
Nina has been a tremendous aid to growing my strength and endurance on the bike. I like both MTB and gravel and she has convinced me the workouts are working to enable better cycling on all my bikes. I enjoy the explanations of what the goals of the workouts are. Before CTS I did not think I was data driven – and although I am probably still pretty low key on that compared to a lot of your athletes I like to understand the Why and then look at the results. But ultimately I get the results when out on the weekend rides.
Nina has also been a coach on the mental aspects when I struggle with feeling “good enough”. She is a great human and has an easy way of delivering advice and relating to me.
I look forward to continuing with her not only for a goal event but for year round growth.
Corrine simply put has helped me realize gains in performance and personal goals that I would never have realized on my own. Her approach is a unique intersection of coaching science, discipline and fun mixed with the pragmatic reality that running is an important part of my life but not the only part. She is always accessible to answer questions, walk through race strategy or to help understand and incorporate feedback and thoughts on data from Training Peaks or personal thoughts and experience. Her approachable manner and deep experience both in running and competitive sports at the highest level brings a unique resource to the ‘everyday’ athlete. Her commitment to your success and satisfaction is tangible and importantly genuine. It is a unique opportunity to find that great intersection of the scientific coaching coupled with the experience of a high performance athlete who can meet you where you are and help you improve but also enjoy the journey along the way! I cannot give a strong enough endorsement and would recommend Corrine without reservation to anyone who has a serious desire to learn, improve and enjoy the process.