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Campbell R., Charlottesville, VA Speed & Agility Coach

Campbell R.

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I am a XC/track coach with a master’s degree in exercise physiology and a background in strength training. I can help you run powerfully, efficiently, and with less risk of injury. View all coaching experience

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Trial Package
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1 session package with Coach Campbell. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$40 1 session + one-time fee

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3 session package with Coach Campbell. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$114 3 sessions ($38/ea) + one-time fee

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5 session package with Coach Campbell. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$180 5 sessions ($36/ea) + one-time fee

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10 session package with Coach Campbell. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$340 10 sessions ($34/ea) + one-time fee

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  • University of Virginia (VA)

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

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  • University of Virginia (VA)

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

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  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

More About Coach Campbell

In May of 2017, I completed my Master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Virginia. After spending the summer in a cardiovascular research lab at the UVA Hospital, I pivoted towards a career in coaching. I coached high school and middle school XC and track for two years in McLean, VA, and recently moved back to charlottesville to coach at St. Anne’s Belfield.

In addition to my high school coaching experience, I have also served as a volunteer coach with the varsity men's and women's track and field program at UVA. I also worked for UVA's varsity men’s soccer team, conducting analysis of heart rate and GPS data from their practices and games. In addition, I was a strength and conditioning intern with UVA's varsity football program, Georgetown University's varsity programs, and a private youth athletic development center in Charlottesville.

These experiences have given me a balanced exposure to track and field, strength and conditioning, physiology, and sports science, enabling me to bring a holistic approach to the development of athletes. My experience in strength and conditioning has taught me how to design and effectively implement strength-training programs to improve a runner’s power and efficiency and reduce the likelihood of injury. My studies in exercise physiology have given me an understanding of the effects of different types of workouts and the optimal time during the training process to use each type of workout. My work as a sports scientist has taught me how to use monitoring technology (GPS, heart rate, etc…) to ensure that the training is achieving the desired physiological response within each session as well as over a prolonged period of time. My experience coaching cross-country and track and field has taught me to adjust training based on the individual needs and characteristics of each athlete. I would love to work with you to develop and oversee a training program that will allow you to run injury free and maximize your potential.

I played a variety of sports growing up (football, soccer, baseball, tennis, squash), but my main sport was distance running. As a freshman in high school, I ran 15:56 in the 5k in cross country, and under 9:58 in the 3200 meter run on the track. I placed 3rd in the footlocker south freshman cross country race in Charlotte, NC. My focus then shifted away from distance running the remainder of high school, as I decided to play varsity football for my high school. After pursuing powerlifting and club rugby for most of my time at the University of Virginia, I started running again my senior year of undergrad. I now compete in road races from 5k to marathon.

A typical workout session for me involves a thorough warm up to prepare the body to run fluidly. Normally, I start by checking in with the athlete to see how they are feeling both physically and mentally. I can then decide if the day’s workload needs to be adjusted. Next, I like to perform soft tissue mobilization (foam rolling) to work out any restrictions and adhesions that might be hindering the fluidity of the athlete’s stride. The soft tissue mobilization is followed by a light jog to loosen up, elevate the heart rate, and warm the muscles to increase their pliability and range of motion. Once warm, dynamic mobility drills are conducted to prepare the athlete for the larger ranges of motion and quicker, reactive contractions that develop during faster running. After dynamic mobility, plyometric drills are done to increase the elastic power of the muscle-tendon system and to sharper running technique in preparation for the workout. The warm up concludes with a series of strides at increasingly faster speeds to prime the neurological system for faster running during the workout. I can also use these strides to make adjustments in running technique to improve efficiency or power. Sometimes short hill sprints are used to recruit a larger pool of motor units that are then active during the workout. Over time, this thorough warm up creates a more fluid and powerful stride that increases running efficiency and power.

The workout itself will vary greatly depending on the event, goals, fitness, physiological background of the athlete, the phase of training, and the physical and mental state of the athlete on the particular day. A variety of different types of sessions will be used during different phases of training (general endurance runs, fartlek runs, maximal aerobic runs just below lactate threshold, VO2 max intervals, strength-endurance circuits, fast anaerobic intervals, short sprints, specific race pace intervals, and more). This variety keeps things fresh and exciting for the athlete. At the same time, I ensure that there is a logical reasoning and progression behind every element to the training program, and that the program as a whole is directed towards achieving the goals of the athlete.

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Client Reviews

Coach Campbell and I have been working together for a few sessions and he has really tailored the workouts to fit my goals. He is very knowledgeable and explains what the various workouts help improve. He is also very helpful with correcting form and technique to make sure that I'm doing the exercises properly. I'm confident I'll make great progress to achieve my goals moving forward.

I think Coach Campbell will be a great coach. I've only had one session with him, but he showed up prepared, with a training plan, and some ideas of how to help me improve. He did some assessments (running speed vs. endurance, balance/flexibility, and strength) to serve as a baseline for future training sessions. I feel confident that working with Coach Campbell will help me improve my running performance and I look forward to more sessions with him.

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