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Rich Renikoff –
Working with Sam has re-ignited my interest in distance running. At age 61 I have been dormant for over 10 years in part due to injuries, and in part due to lost enthusiasm for the sport. I have run 15 marathons and many other races but I felt defeated by my slowness and inability to “care” like I used to. Sam has opened my eyes to a return to running with baby steps and some shared accountability. He has built a gradual program for me to use as I work toward my goal of a half-marathon I am signed up for this June. I really like the way he has blended in my twice per week Pilates classes into my cross training days. I have been working with him for two months and the steady diet of miles, strength training and stretching has returned my running appetite to its former level! Sam pays attention to my comments posted after my runs or strength training and makes adjustments to the schedule when needed. The app is an easy tool to use for building accountability to these goals. It always feels good to record the success achieved each day. Sam has good instincts around the way your brain can help or hurt you when training and he builds in accomplishments that help you push to the next level. Great teacher and coach!
After one month of hiring Sam as a coach, I am already feeling stronger, faster and more confident as a runner. I have been a runner for many years, but as I have gotten older, it’s been harder to get myself motivated to become a better runner. I hired Sam to help me prepare for a 1/2 marathon which I will be running in June. During our initial consultation we discussed goals and objectives and he has been great about incorporating my other athletic activities into my program. He has been creative and flexible with my plan which keeps me interested and looking forward to my runs and workouts. I love the strength training that is part of the program as well as the cross training ideas. Sam offers great advice and encouragement! And I enjoy documenting my runs on the Final Surge platform. I am excited to continue my training with Sam and see how I do in June. Sam is the best!
Sam is a great coach! He is coaching me for an 800m track race and has helped me build confidence in my running. He is flexible and adjusts workouts as needed. When I’ve had a few great workouts in a row he adjusts to challenge me more, or if it’s a busy week at work he helps me adjust the training schedule according to what is do-able. I also love the training platform, Final Surge. It’s easy to use and helpful to track my progress. I definitely recommend Sam as a coach!