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Glenn S., Falls Church, VA Track & Field Coach

Glenn S.

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My fun, positive, gradual, scientific and humorous approach works wonders with athletes of all ages, sports, and fitness levels. My specialty - relaxed, efficient, running form. View all coaching experience

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Trial Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

1 session package with Coach Glenn. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$60 1 session + one-time fee

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Light Package
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3 session package with Coach Glenn. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$174 3 sessions ($58/ea) + one-time fee

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Standard Package
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5 session package with Coach Glenn. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$270 5 sessions ($54/ea) + one-time fee

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10 session package with Coach Glenn. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$520 10 sessions ($52/ea) + one-time fee

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  • University of California--Los Angeles (CA)

  • 16 years

  • Qualified Private Coach

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Sprints, Cross Country, Marathon, Middle Distance, Long Distance

  • Passing, Baton Handoffs, Sprinting, Running the Curve, High Jump, Form, Pacing

Credentials

  • University of California--Los Angeles (CA)

  • 16 years

  • Qualified Private Coach

Services

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Sprints, Cross Country, Marathon, Middle Distance, Long Distance

  • Passing, Baton Handoffs, Sprinting, Running the Curve, High Jump, Form, Pacing

More About Coach Glenn

Keep it fun, relaxed and aerobic!

Although rigorously based in science and empirical testing, my approach to coaching focuses on keeping workouts fun and largely aerobic while building efficient relaxed movement with good form, with workouts building in duration and intensity very gradually over time.

When it comes to endurance athletics, no pain no gain simply doesn't apply. Pain and soreness are usually a sign that something is wrong and that the duration and intensity of workouts or the amount of rest needs adjusted. With few exceptions athletes should finish workouts feeling like they could do more - or what one might call pleasantly tired.

My proven coaching methods have worked with athletes of all kinds from junior- and high school young people training for soccer, lacrosse or cross country, adults training for military, police or FBI fitness tests, injured or out of shape athletes getting back into shape, and elite athletes training for regional, national or world championships.

The workouts vary depending on the athletes current fitness, injury history, workout time availability and goals but the basic approach is the same - gradually build aerobic fitness and smooth efficient relaxed form through scientifically-grounded yet fun workouts.

If the workouts aren't generally pleasant, manageable, largely pain-free and fun, the athlete won't continue to do the workouts over time.

 Ranked First among Coachup Triathlon Coaches, Second among Track Coaches in Virginia, CoachUp
 Apply Duke and UCLA graduate-school training in scientific method, statistics and psychology in my coaching
 Qualified for International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships in Aquabike, 2018
 Competed in U.S. Triathlon Association Aquabike National Championships 2011, 2017
 Won Maryland Senior Olympics Championship in 50 Yard Freestyle, 100 Yard Freestyle, 2016
 Place 7th in Age Group in U.S. Masters Swimming Nationals in 800 Meter Freestyle, 2014
 Competed in International Triathlon Union World Championships in Aquathlon, 2013
 Coached 40-year-old female Jo Rupp to Elite Masters status with 3:09 Marathon, 2013
 Coached 29 year old female Katie Jarzab to 17:43 5 Kilometer road personal best, 2013
 Podiumed (Second Place) in Colonies Zone Masters Swimming 1000 Yard freestyle, 2013
 Placed as high as 2nd and 3rd Overall and Regularly Won AG in triathlons in 2008 - 2010
 Won Age Group in First Triathlon Attempt – Tri-it-Now Tuckahoe Sprint Triathlon 2002
 Coached Two-Time California State Mile Champion, 8:44 Steeplechaser Jim Ortiz, 1990
 Trained in Proper Swim Form and Mechanics by UCLA All-American and UCLA Asst. Coach
 Lettered in cross country, track and indoor track at Millersville University, 1976 - 1980
 Won Harrisburg Marathon 18-under Division (2:45) as Millersville Univ. Freshman, 1976
 Awarded Special Letter for Track, Cross Country, Marathon by my High School, 1976
 Won West Branch Conference, Broke Conference 880 Record (2:01.7) as H.S. Senior, 1976
 Podiumed (Third Place) and Broke District Six Record in 880 (2:02.2) as H.S. Junior, 1975
 Finished my first attempt at marathon (26.2 miles) in 3:19 as a High School Freshman, 1973

After light warmup, I explain the session and then watch my athletes, giving form and other tips.

For me, one of the keys in endurance sports is relaxed efficient motion, so I work with athletes to fix problems in form and with relaxation.

Since nearly all the events my athletes compete in are aerobic in nature, I have athletes calculate heart rate zones and use heart rates to keep their efforts aerobic and fun.

My sessions build gradually from easily achieved distances and speeds to more demanding sessions. A good coach and solid plan allows the athlete to improve gradually, without much pain, soreness and without any injuries over months and months.

Relaxed aerobic exercise is the foundation for endurance athletic success.

Although I generally coach distance oriented athletes, but as a middle distance runner (800, 1000, 1500) and coach, I also coached athletes training for both speed and endurance. 800 meter runners not only run very fast 50s, 100s, 150s and 200s in training, they usually run in the 4 x 400 relay in addition to running middle and long distance races. And many 800 meter runners run the 500 or 600 indoors, which are races that 400 meter specialists do. As a result, many 800 meter runners can run relatively fast in the 200 (my best was 23.1) but also fast longer road races - for example, I average 5:48 per mile for 30k (18.6 miles).

I learned much of what I know about coaching for speed from my 16 years training and coaching at UCLA's track (where speed gurus Bob Kersee and John Smith coached dozens of world record holders and gold medalists). I know endurance training extremely well. but my speed coaching is also very high level.

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Client Reviews

My first session with Glenn was great! He is responsive, extremely knowledgeable and detailed, and I really like his approach. I'm looking forward to continuing to train with him.

Coach Glenn is very knowledgeable and has motivated my son to try some new things to improve his track and cross country times and reduce his risk of injury. We are very happy!

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Thanks Coach Glenn for a great first session. Your feedback and thoughts on working with Shams show how much you know about the sport and about young athletes. Looking forward to your continued work with Shams.

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Coach Glenn is very knowledgeable and experienced. He’s also willing to work around possible scheduling conflicts.

Coach Glenn provided a holistic lesson with insightful feedback on my natural tendencies as a runner:)

Coach Glenn was great. Thorough, thoughtful, and observant. I just needed a couple of pointers to make me run more efficiently before I go to boot camp for the US military. I've already started to implement them and I've already noticed a difference. Thanks Glenn!

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Coach Glenn was a great coach. He is focusing on running mechanics and already there is improvement with my son's running style. My 10-year-old son is looking forward to the next scheduled session.

Great coaching! Very helpful! My daughter learned a lot and had lots of fun also.

Lots of great experience, like his temperament, and a sensible approach to training.

Coach Glenn is great to work with. He has lot of knowledge and tips on how to improve my running. During each coaching session I feel a little more confident with what I'm trying to accomplish. He is very easy to work with. I have been traveling recently for work and he had always encouraged me to keep up with my running even if it's just 5 minutes a day. I'm excited to continue to work with Coach Glenn and exceed my goals.

Coach Geln was e celebrate after one session he helped identify areas to improve

He is very knowledgable and I'm looking forward to implementing his strategies to improve my running.

I am enjoying having Coach Glenn as my coach. He is very knowledgeable about running and takes the time to explain the mechanics of running. My foot injury has improved a great deal since working with Coach Glenn while applying his instructions on how to care for the injury. I am being pushed beyond where I thought I could possibly go with regards to running. He has helped me to rethink my limits.

I've been working with Glenn for a couple of months as I prepare for an upcoming marathon. He created a great schedule that has helped me stay focused towards my running goals. He keeps me focused and on task! He is also very positive and is helping me realize that I have more potential than I thought :)

Glenn will be a good fit for me. He listened to what I was trying to accomplish, had immediate suggestions which we tested out. He sees the big picture - but didn't overwhelm me with all he sees. He is prioritizing and building a foundation bit by bit so that we can gradually accomplish my goals. He has good technical knowledge about my needs - but also understands the training process, so that I can absorb the technical skills within a multi-month training program. Glenn's a star

I've really enjoyed working with Glenn, who had gotten me out of my running rut. After decades of running, I never felt like I was actually improving. With workouts based on heart rate, which alternate between track intervals, hill running, and weekly long runs, I'm feeling a lot better now after each workout.

My son was looking for a coach so he could pass his police academy fitness run. Although a pretty good athlete who exhibited skills in short distance (sprints) he was challenged by longer distances. A must to move on in the academy. Coach Glen provided both a method (heart rate monitoring) and confidence for him to pass the first trial. Over a number of weeks at a local track Coach Glen, with a plan based on years of running experience, made it happen. Not sure what he would have done without his help.

Bernie D

I did not run track or cross country in high school, so I knew little when I decided to make running my preferred sport. Glenn patiently guided me to increase the duration of my runs, build stamina, and build speed in part by teaching me to focus on my heart rate when I run. In the beginning, I met Glenn on the trails for longer runs; now, I enjoy meeting Glenn at the track.

My weekly runs have become a pleasure rather than a chore, and I credit Glenn for this. In the beginning of our training, he insisted I run slowly - painfully slowly - to build endurance rather than speed. Over time, I more than doubled the number of miles I run a week. As our sessions progressed, he added speed training, and I now I run faster than I have in years.

All of this after undergoing major heart surgery (me, not Glenn). Five stars!

Coach Glenn has been an awesome running coach and I love the method he uses for training to avoid injury based on heart rate pulses. It makes so much sense and I've been able to ease back into running. I look forward to our morning sessions because his principles and tactfully sound and his bedside manner is extremely agreeable and relaxed. Five enthusiastic stars.

Coach Glenn is great ! He sure knows what he is doing. Very knowledgeable and knows how to utilize that knowledge. I am finishing my third week and can already see the results. I have already exceeded my running distance by 100% without feeling tired or dizzy. Thanks Glenn.

Glenn is very responsive to my e-mails and seems to be very knowledgeable about the sport. He has given me a plan which I have been sticking too and I like a lot so far.

Coach Glenn and I are just getting started but I am already encouraged by his enthusiasm and dedication to helping me reach my goals. His knowledge not only comes from a thorough understanding of the running world but also from personal experience. He has a wealth of information to share and has already taught me much I didn't know about training. I have already booked him for an additional month! I would definitely recommend Coach Glenn based on the experience I've had thus far.

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