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‘Some­times it’s hard to tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween sound ad­vice and stuff that’s a bit more fringe,’ says coach Ryan War­ren­burg. Use th­ese tips so you can be sure that on­line train­ing guid­ance comes from a trust­wor­thy author­ity.


Cer­ti­fi­ca­tions from or­gan­i­sa­tions such as UK Ath­let­ics mean a coach takes the sport se­ri­ously enough to com­mit to a six-month train­ing and men­tor­ing process, but aca­demic de­grees in ex­er­cise sci­ence or phys­i­ol­ogy and/or em­ploy­ment as a pro­fes­sional coach add cred­i­bil­ity and deeper lev­els of knowl­edge.


Look be­yond PBS to find out about the run­ners this per­son has coached and how they’ve per­formed. ‘Just be­cause coaches are gifted ath­letes with fast race times doesn’t mean they un­der­stand what it takes to achieve those times,’ says coach Janet Hamil­ton.


If some­one cites re­search in ex­er­cise sci­ence jour­nals or the work of his­tor­i­cally in­flu­en­tial coaches – for ex­am­ple, Arthur Ly­di­ard – that's bet­ter than if they’re tout­ing only their own meth­ods and strate­gies (es­pe­cially if those seem to op­pose con­ven­tional wis­dom, says War­ren­burg).

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