Geneva , Switzerland
From my experience of preparing multiple professional athletes for major competitions and an Olympic games, my philosophy is always athlete centred. In order to maximise the training plan the individual nature of the athlete must be first understood in depth. There is no one size fits all training programme and the coaching process is very much that, a process.
Once the athlete is understood then the programme design must be underpinned by scientific principles that are based on the most current research studies. Holding a Bachelor of science honours degree in Sports and Coaching and a masters degree in Strength and Conditioning has enabled me to be at the forefront of cutting edge sports science research around endurance sports.
During my Masters degree I completed a research dissertation focusing on analysing the training impulse (TRIMP) (which training stress score (TSS) is modelled on) of club and national level age group triathletes. I was able to asses the effectiveness of their club training sessions compared to the physical demands and stress of a race. This is incredibly important for age group athletes with limited time on their hands as the sessions they do should provide maximum gain for the effort and time they put in.
Lastly, training should be fun, challenging and stimulating. My aim is to get an athlete excited by every training session they commence. If the athlete is excited, they are engaged, if they are engaged they are committed!