Coaching

Coaching endurance athletes is an art, a science, and a craft.

We offer this selection of coaching-related articles, videos, workshops, and guides to help coaches begin to explore the support available for coaches through Fast Talk Labs.

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Coach-Athlete Communication

Coach Melissa Mantak prioritizes communication with her athletes above all else, particularly in the onboarding process. Find out more about the different levels of coaching she offers at The Empowered Athlete, and how communication plays out.

How to Protect Your Time

Managing athletes requires time management skills. Coach Ryan Bolton balances the needs of his pro athletes, age groupers, and a team of coaches. He talks with Joe Friel about his screening process and the groundwork that goes into a positive athlete-coach relationship.

The Secret to Retaining Athletes

Over time, client retention comes down to two things: 1) the athlete's longevity in the sport, and 2) the coach's ability to evolve with the athlete over time. Coach Melissa Mantak talks about how coaches can equip athletes to pursue sports over a lifetime and the ever-growing tool box she has relied on to help two very different athletes over decades of training and racing.
Hedcut of Coach Joe Friel - The Craft of Coaching

What Was It Like to Be Coached by Joe Friel?

It can be helpful to consider things from the athlete’s perspective. Ryan Bolton was coached by Joe Friel for the duration of his career as a pro triathlete. He reflects on what made that relationship work and the lessons he took from it in establishing his own coaching business.

Expanding Your Coaching Services

More coaches are seeking partnerships with outside experts to better meet the needs of their athletes. Find out how these partnerships work best, giving even the "maverick" coach a competitive advantage.

How Adding Services Leads to Maximal Gains

Coach Grant Holicky describes how athletes are impacted by the additional experts and services that coaches make available to them. In his experience, these changes often lead to maximal gains.

A Roadmap for Working with Nutritionists

Coach Ryan Kohler talks with Joe Friel about how to help athletes navigate the misinformation around nutrition by partnering with the right experts. Nutritionists commonly help athletes improve their daily diet, implement a fueling plan in the lead-up to race day, or address more significant lifestyle issues. The team effort is likely to pay off, both in terms of the athlete's performance and the coach's business.

One Team’s Strategy for Dynamic Athlete Services

Forever Endurance provides additional athlete services both by diversifying the coaching talent on their own team and by connecting athletes with experts outside the business. With more ways to deliver individualized training, coaches are well-positioned to reach more athletes.