What is Running Performance Coaching?
Running performance coaching is about helping you reach your maximum potential through 1-2-1 coaching or online / remote coaching that is safe and effective from the comfort of your own home or outside in the parks or Peak District National Park. I will either train you on a 1-2-1 basis to help you improve your speed, distance strength, coordination, flexibility and agility as a runner. Or I will train you remotely / online.
What to Expect During Your First Consultation?
After a warm introduction I will begin by confirming your personal profile and par-q forms, which you would have already completed. I’ll carry out a body mot should you want one which is a thorough assessment of blood pressure, resting heart rate weight, height, waist & hip measurements and body fat percentage. I will then run with you and assess your technique. Following your assessment I’ll then explain to you your diagnosis and then discuss the best course of action to take and which running performance coaching package will best suit your needs and reach your maximum potential.
Consultations normally take 45 minutes
Is this you?
- Are you unsure of how to train properly for a 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon or fell/trail race?
- Have you reached a plateau with your training and need expert guidance to reach your full potential?
- Do you frequently get injured when training for a long distance race?
- Do you struggle to maintain a strength and conditioning program?
If you have answered YES to any of these questions then I can help you. I have 3 running performance coaching packages to suit your goals and budget. Each package is for a minimum of 3 months commitment. I can also design bespoke packages should you require one.
Bronze – Online / Remote training
- 1 x 30 minute Zoom live workout with me
- 1 x 25 minute catch up via phone / skype / month
- Detailed monthly training plan
- Email support
- Nutritional advice
Silver – 1-2-1 training with Online / Remote training
- 1 x 30 minute Zoom live workout with me
- 2 x 60 minute coaching sessions at home or in the park / month
- Detailed monthly training plan
- Email support
- Nutritional advice
Gold – 1-2-1 training
- 4 x 60 minute coaching sessions at home or in the park / month
- Detailed monthly training plan
- Email support
- Nutritional advice
For more information and prices please complete the simple form below and I’ll be in touch. It will take no more than 60 seconds of your time 😊
Running Performance Coaching Enquiry Form
Running Performance Coaching Testimonials
Kerry’s Story May 2015
Before I met Adam, I couldn’t run for more than a few minutes without having to stop. Apart from the occasional jog on a treadmill at the gym, running was completely new to me.
In March 2015 I signed up to Adam’s 0-5k package. At first I was sceptic as to whether I would be able to run 5k in six weeks. I was typically someone who gave up easily if I became board or couldn’t do something. Adam however, was confident I would be able to achieve my goal of running 5k continuously with his skills and guidance.
Before my first session, I was so nervous, but once I met Adam and discussed my goals with him my anxiety evaporated. Adam is down to earth and respectful of my needs. Adam helped me outline specific goals and guided me towards them. Without pushing me to hard, Adam pushed the boundaries of my comfort zone to encourage me to challenge myself. Every session was enjoyable and rewarding.
After six weeks of training with Adam, I ran my first 5k race. Adam gave me a sub 33 minute target to complete within. I finish in 30:57 which is my PB to date. Since signing up with Adam for a further three months, I have ran my first 10k race in 59:11 (New PB) and run weekly with Meadowhead running group.
I have gone from someone who could hardly run at all, to a 10k runner in just four months. I am so proud of what I have accomplished working with Adam. I couldn’t have achieved these results without his motivation, knowledge and commitment.
Beth’s Story January 2016
I have always enjoyed running but before I started training with Adam I was only managing sporadic runs every week or two. I was running the same sort of runs each time I went out and had no structure at all to my training. My 5k and 10k times had been static for several years and I had found this quite frustrating. I didn’t particularly enjoy running alone and without aim and was struggling to find the time and motivation to do any more.
I saw a flyer for one of Adam’s running groups and decided to go along one evening. I was quite nervous but found the group friendly and welcoming. I’ve made a few new friends amongst the group and hopefully found some new training partners for the future – running a few weekend races with the group and enjoying a social get-together afterwards has been really fun and opened up a new world of events I can enter. I liked Adam’s training style and quickly decided to pursue Adam’s Gold Personal Training Programme with him with the aim of improving my 10k time. My main reservations about this were the cost and time commitment involved but the benefits I have experienced in terms of both improved fitness and better work-life balance have been more than worth it.
I have really enjoyed training with Adam. He has provided me with a detailed training plan which has been tailored to my current ability and targets. The training sessions have been varied and interesting. I have a busy job and 3 small children so my time is limited but the mix in my plan, of outdoor running sessions, and strengthening and fitness sessions I can do at home when the kids are in bed, have made it achievable. I’ve had a few little niggles which Adam has been very responsive to, adapting my plan at short notice to prevent me from developing an injury. His regular contact via text and email have been a great motivating factor for the training I’ve done alone between his sessions. Adam himself has been a great trainer. He is easy going and friendly, so there has been plenty of chat and laughs in amongst the hard work. He is patient with my queries and positive and encouraging about what I can achieve. After just a few weeks working with Adam I managed to smash almost 5 minutes off my 10k time which was a huge achievement for me and one which I owe entirely to Adam’s training.
In summary, I would thoroughly recommend both Adam’s running groups and his 1-2-1 training. I am healthier, happier, faster and fitter as a result of working with him.
Lee’s Story March 2017
I had previously run the London Marathon twice before and when I didn’t get a ballot place this year my attentions turned elsewhere for my next challenge. Barcelona marathon had always been on my ‘bucket list’ and once my entry was confirmed I had only 10 weeks to be race ready.
I have been a regular runner for the last few years but had only utilised generic training plans to prepare for distance races. However given a busy work schedule and family life coupled with the limited timeframe I decided a different approach may be beneficial.
When I first spoke with Adam it was very relaxed and informal, we discussed at length my running history, personal situation and overall objectives to enable Adam to develop a specific training plan for the ten-week period. A weekly coaching call was then programmed to discuss my training progress on a weekly basis. I found these calls very informative and reassuring plus allowing the plan to be adjusted if necessary to suit other commitments for the following period. We’d chat about specifics of my recent training aided by the fact Adam had reviewed my Strava activity prior to the call – always an added incentive not to miss a session!
One of the key benefits of Adam’s online training / coaching programmes was the introduction of Core & Strength work into my routine. Despite initial reservations this addition greatly improved my overall fitness, which was hugely assisted by the provision of Adam’s online YouTube video links to help with technique on some of the more challenging tasks. Detailed advice was also provided on nutrition and recovery; items, which I’d never, previously paid enough attention too, but were grateful to receive Adam’s insight into the importance of these areas.
Particular focus was given in the days leading up to my Marathon in which strategy, diet and hydration were all discussed in detail. All the above meant that when race day came around I felt fully prepared, not just physically but mentally too. No doubts lingered in my head on the start line about whether I had I over/under trained, only that I’d been given enough expert advice and knowledge to put me in the best position possible.
I was delighted with my result at the Barcelona Marathon – knocking a whole Five and a Half minutes of my previous best, and running a negative split Marathon in the process. A thoroughly enjoyable experience and one I’ll remember for years to come.
I would not hesitate to use Adam again – his help with training knowledge and race experience were invaluable. I’m already actively seeking my next running challenge and look forward working with Adam again.
Maddie’s Story April 2019
I led a fairly healthy lifestyle but I found it very difficult to stay motivated and consistent with my training and positive eating habits. Working on a freelance basis at the time meant my working hours could really vary and so I found it hard to stick to a routine.
I was excited and nervous. I have never worked with someone 1-to-1 but I felt comfortable from the word go. I like to have personal goals to work towards and I signed up to the Sheffield Half Marathon. To complete the Sheffield Half Marathon confidently and to work towards better exercise and lifestyle habits.
It’s been really great! I found our weekly sessions were a good way to check in with how things were going. The monthly plans were brilliant and having a week-by-week training plan, made it very easy to stick to. You were in touch regularly, which was motivating (particularly through those long, dark Winters days).
Not only did I finish the Sheffield Half in sub 2 hours but also I noticed a change in my energy levels and my physique. I have not lost too much weight because what I have lost in fat, I have gained in muscle.
I feel very positive about everything I’ve achieved with your help and am motivated to keep up my fitness! Not especially. I’ve entered some races previously and have a gym membership but never trained in this way before.
Although at times I found our runs challenging, the satisfaction of completing one (especially those hill reps) was very enjoyable.
London 2020 Marathon (if I’m lucky in the ballot) or continue to build on my current fitness.
Beth’s Story June 2019
I first decided to get in touch with Adam after starting running a few years before but not being very good at it! I knew I needed advice about techniques and my nutrition, which was very poor. I have a hectic work life and work shifts that change at short notice. I was fairly active with running, spinning, swimming, yoga and walking but didn’t seem to get the results I wanted. I ran regular running events but always just managed to get myself around whereas I wanted to run them comfortably and confidently.
I started sessions with Adam after returning from holiday at the end of June 2018. We went on the first run and he pointed out how I was running in good ways and other ways, which I could improve. It seemed so obvious! Adam explained the nutrition plan and still continues to give me sound advice about the foods I eat. I have totally changed my outlook to food and as a result of changes I’ve made I have realised intolerances that I have and how the food I was eating was affecting me.
The plan Adam creates for me incorporates all of the exercise I enjoy and at the same time pushes me. I have revisited some of the running events I previously completed and been amazed at the results. I now achieve between four to six minutes off previous PB’s! I certainly wouldn’t have achieved these times without Adam’s expertise and support. Even on those days when it might be raining, I’ve had a tough day at work and really don’t want to go out, Adam turns up at the door, smiling and full of positivity! I always feel one hundred per cent better after.
I remember Adam saying in the very beginning that we should spend as much time and money on our health and well-being as we do cars and holidays and he is so right. I feel fitter and healthier than I have ever felt and my only regret is not doing this in my twenties.
Julie’s Story June 2019
Adam and I have worked together for five months. I am a fifty something woman who just wanted to be a better me and wasn’t sure the best way to go about it. I thought I was already fairly active, lots of walking and a little running, but I just wanted a new approach.
I found Adam by chance, my husband and I were looking for someone who was prepared to come to our home to train us. Luckily for us he was willing to take us on.
My goals were to feel more energetic, lose a little weight, be able to wear all the clothes in my wardrobe, run a little faster and be able to fully utilise our home gym.
I found the prospect of having a personal trainer quite daunting, but I needn’t have worried. Adam quickly worked out the best way to motivate me, which allowed me to relax and enjoy the training. His workout plans were very specific and the weekly 1:1 sessions were challenging but encouraging. The texts and check in’s were good to remind me to stay on track.
The monthly weights and measures served to push me on, there wasn’t always a weight loss but there was inch loss or fat loss 🙂
I feel energised now, and I feel that my goals have now all been met. Moving forwards I have a new goal to have a few months of trying to keep up the good habits Adam has taught me, and to see how well I can do under my own steam.
The most amazing thing to come out of my journey with Adam, was that I really enjoy doing weights and how much I trusted him to push me beyond my comfort zone.
Greg’s Story July 2019
I needed a life pivot and decided to improve my fitness; to give a focus and some stress relief outside of work. Regular gym sessions initially helped in combination with considerable diet changes. I then hit a wall, a plateau where much more effort resulted in minimal change.
A chance meeting and resultant sessions with Adam Taylor helped me find the extra 10% that was never there before, ways of training outside the gym that were safe, yet produced effective results in minimal time. If you are happy to stick with your routine and just workout because it reduces your guilt then stay with it, however….
If you are serious about making a change, are short on time and want to see results fast under the support of a highly experienced professional, then Adam is a great trainer who is completely bespoke to your needs.
Ness’s Story December 2019
I can’t thank Adam enough for coaching me to achieve my goal of completing the Montane Cheviot Goat this December. The race was a substantial undertaking for me, both in terms of distance, as the race exceeded my previous furthest distance by 20 miles, but also in terms of technical difficulty regarding winter conditions, terrain and navigation. Not only did Adam do a great job of making sure I was physically fit enough to toe the start line, but he also offered lots of motivational support too- something which really helped to allay race day nerves as the big day got closer.
Adam prepared me for the race by creating a running plan, nutritional advice and strength and conditioning sessions all tailored for my needs. The nutritional advice was based around my diet as a vegetarian and provided me with new recipes that I have now added to my diet as tasty staples. The running plan was really well thought out. It was challenging but achievable and took into account what sort of a week I had just had and what other races I had entered. The online workouts and one to one PT sessions he provided made me actually engage with, and enjoy, strength and conditioning work- something I didn’t think was possible! One of the things that really impressed me was how versatile he was. When an existing injury flared up half way through the training plan, he immediately changed my running plan and strength and conditioning sessions to accommodate this. The result was an enjoyable training process followed by a successful race!
All in all, Adam was great. Always positive, really easy to get on with and very, very knowledgeable. If you are looking for someone to give you friendly professional support in order to achieve your running goals then I can’t recommend him enough.
Louise’s Story December 2019
Before working with Adam I was running sporadically but kept injuring
myself and was beginning to think that maybe running just wasn’t for me. I just wanted to be able to run consistently without hurting myself. I was floundering and knew I needed some help, so I turned to Google. Adam had great reviews from all kinds of people including beginners like myself.
We had a chat over the phone and then met in person where we did a health mot and a short run to get a starting point. I decided to start with the bronze package. Adam has since written me 3 months of training plans and I am pleased to say I am now running 3/4 times a week with no injuries, I can comfortably run 5k in just under 30 minutes and have almost built up to 10k. As a bonus I have also dropped my body fat percentage and reduced my resting heart rate. The training plans were perfect, a good mix of runs and home workouts that slotted in to my week easily.
Adam has kept in touch every step of the way with regular txts and phone calls and is very supportive. This helped me to keep focused and not begin slacking. I have now come to the end of my 3 months with Adam but the training continues. I am using the skills Adam has taught me to go it alone for a few months.
Next I plan to build up to a half-marathon…I am sure I will be calling on
Adam again before the year is out!
Mel’s Story March 2020
I’ve trained with Adam before in person, but was a little dubious about training online as I wasn’t sure it would be as good. I was wrong: Adam works me just as hard and gives me just as much direction, feedback and encouragement online as he does face to face. And he works out at the same time so it feels like payback! : ) It was much better than me doing my own work out as Adam is a great motivator and also corrects my technique, minimising any potential injury / strained muscles. I used my iPad as it has a large screen, so I could see Adam’s demonstrations easily. I was also familiar with the online platform (Zoom) beforehand, but it is really easy to use – even if you are not confident in using technology. If you are in two minds, my advice would be to give it a go!
My top tips if you’re using it for the first time:
* Use a large-screen device if possible and make sure you can put whatever device you are using on a table or chair that allows Adam to see you
* If you are using a tablet or smart phone download the free app in advance (you don’t need to create an account). If you are using a laptop launch Zoom via Google Chrome (not Edge or Internet Explorer)
* Arrange to do a test run on Zoom with Adam first (if possible), or expect to use the first few minutes of the session getting set up etc.
Ross’s Story March 2020
I came to Adam with a goal in mind – to run a half marathon distance. This
was a goal I’d tried to achieve in the past but had always failed. I was
overweight, unhealthy and had a weak mindset with some bad habits holding
Working with Adam changed all this. Not only did I run the distance but also managed to think differently about my training and have now lost over a stone in weight and feeling better about myself than I ever have before.
The last 5 months have been a huge challenge for me in my personal life and Adam was always accommodating to my circumstances and kept me on course to achieve my targets. Initially I was after a running coach but Adam has given me the confidence to widen my goals to other sports and activities and now I feel like an athlete, which has been the biggest benefit of training together. I now find it easy to keep healthy habits, which will serve me long into the future. Adam was always very kind and helpful, which made it a pleasure working together.
I’d definitely recommend you give him a call and discuss your goals together,
because before you know it you’ll experience the life changing benefits of
Aviva Workplace Fitness Class Story 2018 – Present Day
When I joined Adam’s classes at work, I had gained a stone over my normal weight (first time in my life I had gone over). Probably due to stress and also age, but was determined to fight it and go back down my usual weight. I was told that due to age/hormones, I would have to do double or triple what I did before for it to have the same effect. It is fair to say I wasn’t very fit at the time, and, even though I cycled a bit, I struggled with any continuous exercise.
I was a bit worried before starting the sessions, as wasn’t sure what level of fitness everybody else would have. It was great though that I could fit the training around office hours, as life is very hectic (in normal circumstances, pre-corona!), and was struggling to find time to do exercise (any excuse was good enough!).
I wanted to lose the weight I had gained over my “normal”, and also feel fit, as didn’t think it was good to get out of breath after a little bit of running or going up the stairs…
Adam’s sessions were great, as I could slowly build up fitness without feeling under pressure, thanks to alternatives options offered during the class. Also, with the additional workouts posted on our Whatsapp group, it meant that I could do extra sessions during the week. Even when I went on holidays during the Summer of 2019, I carried on doing Adam’s circuits, joined by my Spanish family, at our holiday home and at the beach!
Slowly but surely I started feeling a lot fitter, and within 6 months, thanks to the training and the nutritional advice, I lost all the weight I wanted to lose and have managed to keep it off, eating well and not feeling hungry or miserable over it! And now, 10 months after starting training with Adam, I feel really fit, and can tell lots of fat has disappeared from my body.
The circuit training has also helped me with cycling, as have much stronger legs. When I dusted off my bike a month ago (I only cycle in good weather!), and started doing hill routes I would normally have struggled with, I was taken aback by the ease I was pedalling up steep inclines! I also run a lot faster without getting out of breath. It is also fair to say the exercise and the feeling of being healthier has helped with my mental wellbeing in this trying pandemic times.
As I have achieved the goal I started with, my goal now is to keep increasing my fitness levels slowly but surely, so that going through the next few years of continuous hormonal changes doesn’t affect my body shape, heart rate, and health in general. Paz
I am so glad we have Adam coming into our workplace at lunchtimes to provide a 1st class HIIT session. When you do HIIT you only need half an hour to get great results. I started in Adams class because I get very little free time outside of work, still paying for a gym membership I think that I have not used for over a year now!
I was training at the time for a 10k mud running event but i enjoyed getting the exercise again and continued with the class after the event. Adam from day one has been professional and keeps ups working hard outside the work group by keeping us in check with homework from time to time which is great as you don’t need a lot of space at all and it takes all the thought away from planning a workout regime yourself although i am a bit slack at getting this done.
I feel a lot fitter for doing this class and it keeps me in good shape for winter when the snowboard comes out. When I started out it didn’t take too long to start noticing a difference in my cardio fitness from just 1 class a week.
After the class I feel great in the afternoon, it’s like the day is reset and ready to start again. Adam keep up the great work and it would be great to see you for a second class every week too, thanks for your time and effort. Neill
The gym really isn’t for me. Just cannot get motivated to go after work and faff around with some equipment. The Hiit class is perfect. At work, during my lunch hour, and with instruction from a patient & knowledgeable instructor. Adam takes notice of injuries, niggles, ability, and adjusts accordingly so a class of 10 can all do an effective workout. I want to improve fitness and shrink the beer belly and its all going well. Buzzing for the rest of the day so would defo recommend and do a 2nd sesh. The Hiit means you improve all round and it would complement other regimes or work as a stand-alone class. I did do a boot camp way back when and the results were great so when I saw this was available at work I signed up. It’s been 5 months or so and am gutted if a meeting gets in the way and I have to miss one. Great banter with Adam too who acknowledges and encourages individually. Iain
Adam comes into my place of work every Monday to run a HIIT session. I joined as wanted to get fitter whilst trying to fit it in a busy scheduled, and it works brilliantly. It is a great motivator to work out with work colleagues, and I’ll come back to my desk feeling really energised for the rest of the afternoon. An easy way to fit in a work out in my daily routine! Since joining the class, I am much fitter than before, and my core is a lot stronger. Paz
Adam comes into our office at lunchtime to do a HIIT class. At first I thought ‘hmm, is a 30 min class enough?’ I thought it might be too easy but Oh no! He certainly puts us through the paces. He starts and finished on time and u work from the first second to the last. Important when you are attending in between meetings. The class makes you feel great and energized all afternoon.
The classes change all the time and so it’s never boring. They are always hard work but you get results. He is really encouraging and we have a laugh as well – as long as we are working! I’d definitely recommend Adam for personal or group training. Julie
I started going along to Adam’s lunchtime Hiit class at work a few weeks ago when a local Hiit class I was going to stopped. I was a bit dubious about doing it inside and at work but I’m so glad I joined up…the class is targeted, well paced and makes you work hard! I really enjoy the class. Adam makes it fun but keeps us focussed. He is really attentive in making sure you are getting the most out of the session and on getting the exercises right.
I always feel like my body has been worked hard and I feel good for the rest of the day, almost dreading the pain the next day but in a good way!!! I would love it if there were a further session later in the week too!!!! Can’t recommend Adam enough if you want commitment to getting you results. Sam
I’ve been attending Adams HIIT class for approx 7/8 months every week, as I wanted to feel physically fitter after having my daughter. I found that Adam listened to what I wanted to achieve and worked with me in a way that has gently encouraged me to push a little further out of my comfort zone in order to see results. I have felt so much better about my fitness levels, which have improved dramatically since working with Adam. My class is at lunchtime and I feel so much more energised and alert in the afternoon. I would highly recommend Adam as a personal trainer that really knows his stuff and most importantly how to motivate & get the best out of me. Kirsty