Nathan Pennington Running in The Distance

Fitness Consultancy | Pro Runner Tips

Are you interested in fitness consultancy. If so, welcome to rundreamachieve. I am glad you have found this website which I created in 2011. So, I have been writing content here for over a decade. You are more than welcome to also visit the about page if you would like to know more about my athletic and business background if you wish. People that seek out a performance coach are already highly motivated. That being said, there is always room for improvement. I, too, have sought out fitness consultancy to help get to the next level in my own race preparation as well. The goal with rundreamachieve fitness consultation services is to help runners of all abilities get to the next level in their training and racing.

Are you lacking talent? If so, you can make up for it with your work ethic. What I see a lot of runners doing is running too much of their weekly mileage too slow. Yes, they are very strong endurance-wise. That being said, they are having issues sustaining race pace for the entire duration of their races. So, my job as a mentor and guide to my visitors is to correct the leaks in their training.

Remember, your time is precious. There is no reason to do anything unless you are going to do it right the first time. Of course, we do have to make some mistakes along the way before we decide to make a legitimate change. So, I am very happy you have made it here. It tells me you are seeking excellence in your fitness and racing goals.

What Does a Fitness Consultant Do?

A fitness consultant does many things. One area I focus on is looking at the past history of the athlete that I am working with. I have a monthly, private coaching community here at rundreamachieve. One of the first things I do when someone joins the community is to have them fill out a questionnaire. So, the goal is to discuss the history of the athlete I am working with. The reason for this is I want to find out what has went right and wrong for that particular individual. For example, if I see the longest tempo run the athlete done is 4 miles and they are training for a marathon I see an issue to correct.

In addition, if I see the athlete is running 40 miles a week and 90% if that mileage is run too slow then I see an area to be worked on. So, working with the athlete and answering their questions is very important. Fitness consultants find the leaks in the past training the athlete has done and works to correct it. In addition, we also serve as mentors and guides to people seeking excellence.

Average people are not visiting rundreamachieve.com. People seeking excellence in their fitness and racing goals are. So, the end goal is not to motivate already motivated people. The goal is to make great, better. Fitness consultancy can help speed up the race goals you have in mind. Perhaps you want to earn a Boston marathon qualifying standard? I have had other athletes seeking to run their first 10K or run under the 4 hour marathon barrier.

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What is High Performance Coaching?

High performance coaching is about helping athletes or anyone seeking excellence to realize their end goals. It is about helping clients recognize what it was that was slowing their progress. In addition, correcting the leaks in their race preparation. One of the biggest mistakes I see runners making is not spending sufficient time each week training below their goal race pace. Remember, anyone can run a few miles or kilometers at goal race pace. That being said, it is an art form to sustain race pace effectively for the entire duration of the race. More importantly, it is much more fun to achieve your fitness goals instead of missing them.

So, working with a fitness consultant can help you achieve your fitness goals at a faster rate. Sure, I love seeing a motivated athlete. That being said, if I see that they are just running easy, aerobic workouts and not practicing at or below goal race pace then we can work on this. Again, far too many of us have been taught to work hard and not smart. Hard working people don't always get results.

I have seen this in the business world where hard working, highly educated people are still living paycheck to paycheck. Sadly, many others are broke or have degrees they are not even using, respectfully. So, it is time to start working smarter rather than just working hard. We have to get past that. What are the most successful athletes or people in business doing to generate significant results? I have always gravitated toward these types of people. I already know how to work hard. My job is to teach others as athletes and even entrepreneurs how to work smart.

Who is the Consultant for Physical Fitness?

Physical fitness consultants should have an extensive background in kinesiology, anatomy and physiology. I always see out those professionals who have already something I am seeking to achieve myself. I was coached by Lisa Rainsberger, when I was a part of the US Army world class athlete program (WCAP). Lisa won the Boston marathon in 1985 in 2:34:04. In addition, she also won the Chicago marathon twice and holds a personal best of 2:28 for the marathon, respectfully. We worked together from 2007 to 2009. In addition, I was coached in college by Jack Hazen. One of the world's most respected and well-known coaches in the world.

So, I have always sought out those that had the knowledge and expertise I needed. The result was that I ended up running 2:19:35 for the marathon. It was a USA track and field olympic trials “A” standard time. I can assure you that running 5:19 mile pace for 26.2 miles (3:18 per kilometer pace) is not an easy task to complete. I was able to do it because I, like you, was seeking out superior fitness consultancy.

So, you are doing the right thing in choosing to work with me. I have been competing as a middle to long distance runner since 1992. No, I didn't have a great deal of talent. What I did have was work ethic. Remember, I started off running the 1600m as a freshman in high school in 5:30. 5 years later I ran 4:22 for the mile (1609 meters). I also lowered my marathon best from 2:43:36 to 2:19:35. It happened by surrounding myself with winners and people that knew more than I did at the time.

What Skills Do You Need to be a Consultant?

A consultant should have an extensive background in their chosen field. My speciality is human performance. My goal with working with athletes from around the world is to help them surpass their fitness and racing goals. Professionals that hire consultants like to see individuals that have formal education. Of course, I believe there is far more that goes into being a fitness consultant than just education. That being said, formal education is still important. Below is a list of my educational background for your review.

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) – Physical Education – Malone University
  • Master of Science (MS) – Sport and Exercise Science – University of Northern Colorado
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Purdue University
  • Doctoral Candidate – Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) – University of Missouri-St Louis – Class of 2023

Street smarts also matters for someone seeking a fitness consultant. Can that performance coach start and complete a goal. How has he or she handled failure? Does the fitness consultant have experience in success at all? What have that fitness consultant done with his or her career? Are they client-focused rather than center-focused? My mindset has always been on the clients I work with first and what I want second. College degrees are not a requirement to be a consultant. That being said, it is essential that the consultant understands his craft.

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What is the Difference between Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach?

A personal trainer works to create fitness plans for a client. In addition, they work to also ensure clients are doing their exercises correctly. They may also be professionals in biomechanics, strength and conditioning and have a background in psychology. A fitness coach is a combination of both a trainer and a mentor. Coaching is about helping the client to learn rather than teaching. Our role is to help the athlete understand the reasons for the workouts they are doing. In addition, to help the athlete to use leverage. Leverage simply means doing more with less.

We all have been taught how to work hard. Do you know hard working athletes who still don't meet their racing goals? Have you ever seen a highly educated individual who is barely making ends meet? Why is that? Is it because they rely on one source of income and have been taught a flawed way of generating income? Why is it that someone with a GED or high school drop out can make more in a month than someone with a PhD or MD makes in a year? Leverage.

Someone has been taught to work hard and the other is using leverage whether through investments or a smarter way. Remember, there is plenty of money to be made but limited time. My job with rundreamachieve fitness consultancy is to help athletes get better running results. We spend a great deal of time preparing for our races. So, it is important to me that I help athletes get results by focusing on quality over quantity.

What Should I Look for in a Performance Coach?

Does the coach have an extensive background in fitness? Do they know how to start and complete a goal? How have they handled adversity? Do they have any formal education and if not, what else do they bring to the table that help benefit you? Remember, it isn't about what the coach has done as much as it is of how they can help you get to where you want to go. So, performance coaches work to guide and mentor their athletes to surpass the goals they have in mind.

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Nathan with the 2010 Army Ten Miler International Championship Team

What is the past history of the fitness consultant you are seeking to work with? Have they been a member of a team in the past? Are they just about themselves or are they a team player? There are various reasons people seek me out as a fitness consultant. I have had people respect the fact that I am a retired military officer and served over 20 years on active duty. There are others who respect my background in sports and fitness. Lastly, being approachable is important as well when seeking a fitness consultancy professional. Again, I started rundreamachieve in 2011. So, have been creating content here for over a decade. You always want to seek out someone that is consistent and is not lukewarm in their enthusiasm about fitness.

Why is Performance Coaching Important?

It helps to take out the guesswork out of what you are aiming to do. The athletes that work with me know what they need to be doing on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. So, instead of guessing what workouts they should be doing they already know. In addition, we map out the short and long-term goals of the athlete and steps of how to achieve those goals. The private, monthly coaching community here is based around this concept. Athletes can sign up to work with me on a monthly basis. In addition, can cancel or re-join at anytime as well.

Performance coaching also is important psychologically for many athletes as well. So, working with a coach can help to keep you accountable. It helps to have someone available to answer questions you may have in your preparation. Perhaps you just need to vent and let off some steam regarding a race or workout that you did. I have been there and done that and fully understand the frustrations that come with preparing for races

Closing Thoughts

I hope this post on rundreamachieve fitness consultancy has been helpful to you. Remember, there are numerous resources that are available to you here. As mentioned above, we have monthly coaching if you want to work with me as your fitness coach. Also, I have created running courses and training plans as well. So, there are fitness options available here to help take your training and racing to the next level.

Make sure to subscribe to the RunDreamAchieve YouTube channel. I also create content there each week that is free and open to you. Again, my focus is on giving back to the running and fitness community. I, too, have been mentored by three of the world's top distance running coaches. In addition, have lived and trained with world-class runners including Olympians. My job now as a fitness consultant is to give back and pay it forward.

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