Art of Training 101: The Foundations of Coaching

Coaching the Track Events- From the 800 to the 10k

A Letter from Steve and Jon

Between the two of us, we've been through just about every coaches education platform there is. They all bring value, but after every course, we couldn't help but feel a need for more. We'd leave each presentation or clinic feeling like we got a good superficial understanding of training or physiology, but we yearned for a deeper understanding.

After over a decade of coaching, studying, and researching, we wanted to fill the gap of coaches education. We wanted to provide something for the coach who had our same feeling; the coach who wants a deeper understanding.

What did we come up with?

A 50-day immersive seminar on the foundations of coaching. This course is designed to give you every skill imaginable to coach the 800 to 10k at the highest level. This isn't a course for beginners, but for the coaches who want to have the foundation to understand and develop training at the deepest level.

We sat down and asked what do we want to know? What knowledge do great coaches possess?

We break the course down into sections on:

  1. The History of Distance Running Training
  2. The Recent Evolution of Training
  3. The 10,000 foot view: Principles and Heuristics of Training
  4. Zoomed In: The Art and Science of Writing Workouts
  5. Troubleshooting: Lacking a kick, fading early, struggling with translating practice to race day?
  6. Are You Ready to Race? The Psychology of Racing

In each session we go in depth on the most important topics. In the history of training, we trace the evolution of tempos, intervals, fartleks, and strength training from the 1800's to modern day. We break down the coaching greats like Lydiard, Igloi, Canova, Bowerman, and more. Then we delve into the X's and O's, taking you through how to create workouts. You'll see individual plans for world class athletes for every event from 800 to 10k. And before we leave you, we'll walk through the hardest part of coaching: getting athletes ready to race.

We've designed the training to include a wide variety of resources. From lectures to podcasts to written articles to power point presentations, we use every mode of teaching we can to ensure that the information is delivered in the best way possible.

It’s 50 days of jam-packed content. A coach created by coaches for coaches. The course that we both wish we had when we were starting out or making the transition from high school to elite coaching.

We hope that you will join us on this journey and find value in the content that we have provided,

Steve Magness & Jonathan Marcus

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Your Instructor

Steve Magness & Jonathan Marcus
Steve Magness & Jonathan Marcus

STEVE MAGNESS is the bestselling author of Peak Performance: Take Advantage of the New Science of Success and The Science of Running. He is a coach to some of the top distance runners in the world, having coached numerous athletes to top 15 at the World Championships and Olympic Games. As well as having coached six Top 10 performances at a major Marathon (Boston, NYC, Chicago). He's coached athletes such as Natosha Rogers, Neely Spence-Gracey, Sara Hall, Mark English, Jackie Areson, Brian Barraza, Sarah Crouch, and many more. He currently coaches at the University of Houston. Known widely for his integration of science and practice, Magness has been on the forefront of innovation in sport. He serves as an adjunct professor of Strength and Conditioning at St. Mary's University.

JONATHAN MARCUS is the director and co-founder of High Performance West. He's developed athletes to national championships, Olympic Trials Qualifying standards, and national records. Some of the athletes he has coached include: Tara Welling, Nicole Blood, Eleanor Fulton, Mckayla Fricker, Daniel Herrera, and more. Previously Jon was the Head Cross Country Coach at Clackamas Community College and an assistant Track & Field/Cross Country Coach at Portland State, University of Portland, and Warner Pacific College. He graduated with a B.A. from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2006.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect?
7 sections, over 40 lectures, hours of video content, in-depth articles, and much more! See individual training plans that world-class athletes did for the 800m, 1,500m, 5k, 10k, and steeplechase!
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! For 6 weeks, each and every week we will send you a new section, jam-packed with content. The content is for you to access FOREVER! Download the podcasts, print out the articles. All we want is for you to become a better coach.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

"Just a quick one to say thanks - I'm clearly a sad person that I'm 'bingeing' on this content as others might Game of Thrones.

Great content, brilliantly delivered."

- Tom, National Track and Field Coach