Coaching

Thank you for your interest in Steel City Endurance Coaching. I provide personalized coaching for triathletes, cyclists, swimmers and runners. Specific bike coaching includes road cyclists, mountain biking, cyclocross and general fitness. My goal is to provide you with personalized training for endurance sports, based on your own unique physiology, goals and time available for training. A start up interview & history establishes the starting point of your plan.

Move Well First, Then Move Often

Every endurance athlete’s goal is to get faster or go longer. Form takes precedence over both of those. Fitness Follows Form, and Speed follows Fitness. (F^3, SF^2)

I firmly believe that movement is the foundation of fitness. Proper technique applies to swimming, cycling as well as running. If you feel there is room for improvement in your form, we can address these issues first with additional one-on-one assessments.

Customized Training Plans

Every athlete I coach will receive:

  • Unlimited contact via phone and/or email
  • An Annual Training Plan
  • Customized plans delivered in 1-4 week blocks
  • Adjustments to plans made weekly
  • Guidance with Goal Setting
  • Premium Training Peaks account

My Personal Guarantee – Faster in 30 Days or it’s Free!

I guarantee that you will see results within your first 30 days, or else your first month is free! If you follow your custom training plan for the first month and do not feel better on your bike, ride faster during your field tests, or do not feel you are getting the service you expect from Steel City Endurance, your first month is free.

Coaching Credentials

Certifications imply a minimum standard has been met by a national organization. USA Triathlon has three levels of coaching, with the highest level of achievment level 3. I am currently a Level 2 USA Triathlon coach. You can see the minimum requirements to achieve this level of certification on the USAT Coaching website

Likewise, USA Cycling has three levels of coaching beginning with Level 3 and ending with Level 1, (reverse order from USAT). I am currently a Level 2 USA Triathlon coach. You can see the minimum requirements to achieve this level of coaching on the USA Cycling website

Total Immersion has a rigorous certification program for coaching which includes a 6 day training camp, supervised hands on instruction with live students and video assessments of the coach’s own stroke. Every Total Immersion certified coach is qualified to provide video evaluation of student’s strokes, rebuild your stroke from scratch, or enhance your existing stroke with whole stroke practice emphasizing balance, streamlining and propulsion.

Additional Credentials

In addition to being certified by the national governing bodies of our sports as well as Total Immersion, I am a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician, have masters level coursework in Exercise Physiology, and am a former Outward Bound instructor with experience teaching expedition skills, whitewater kayaking, rockclimbing & mountaineering.

The common thread in all of my endeavors is to help you, the athlete, find enrichment in endurance sports regardless of the level of experience or previous achievement. I’ve worked with total beginners to elite athletes and am confident I can help you reach your goals.

Ready to Learn More about Coach Suzanne and Steel City Endurance?

Please take a look around the site for an idea of my coaching philosophy, approach to “base” training, plan pricing and thoughts on periodization. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Remember,
“We are capable of more than we think we are”
Coach Suzanne Atkinson, MD
Level 2 USA Cycling Coach (formerly USCF)
Level 2 USA Triathlon Coach
Total Immersion Teaching Professional

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Annie Long July 25, 2013 at 11:04 pm

My daughter is turning 12 and she has been swimming through YMCA for 2 yrs. We would like to improve her skills. If there is anyway I could have you give her some lessons, etc, that would be wonderful.

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