Kate Richardson – an accomplished triathlete with Fusion Triathlon Club – has kindly provided a review of Blackzone Coaching:
Kevin Henderson is infectious. His knowledge, professionalism and enthusiasm ooze an inspiring passion for his profession and for the development of the athletes with whom he works and relentlessly drives to maximise their talents.
Cooking up a potent recipe of hard work, science, nutrition, rest and recovery, Kevin instils confidence, belief and a real desire to execute.
Don’t turn up if you don’t want to work, but if you’re ready to put the hours in results will follow!
Kate’s recent successes include
- British Athletics X Challenge Series Champion U13
- Scottish Schools Indoor 1500m Champion U16
- Scottish National 1500m Indoor Champion U15
- Scottish National Young Athletes Road Race Champion U13
- West District 1500m Champion U15
- Stirling Duathlon Champion TriStar 3
- Bishopbriggs Triathlon Champion Tristar 3
- Scottish Schools X Country Championships Silver Medallist U16
- Scottish Schools Aquathon Championships Silver Medallist U15
- Scottish National X Country Championships Bronze Medallist U13
- Scottish Inter District X Country Championships Bronze Medallist U13
Kevin was my coach during the making of my BBC Panorama programme Catch Me If You Can, and was an essential part of my team.
He was in charge of producing 15 hours of mainly bike training per week for me, for around eight months, as well as closely monitoring my progress. I was involved in a secret experiment to help expose doping in sport, so I had to be sure I could trust my coach to be circumspect about what I was doing.
Kevin is a trustworthy and inspirational coach, who is extremely well versed in the science behind behind the sessions he was giving, and he always finds ways to be innovative; the training is never boring.
The results I got with Kevin’s training were quick and pronounced. And I continued to improve.
He is always on hand for last minute changes to training, or to stick in session at short notice. All he thinks about is training and sports, which is what you need as a coach. And he always knew when I needed an easy day. I’d wholeheartedly recommend Kevin Henderson as a coach.
Nathalie Jones is a freelance dietitian based in Glasgow who worked with Kevin Henderson on developing a triathlon coaching programme. Read her testimonial below.
I have always trained on my own, whether that be for running or triathlon. I always did ok but tended to overdo it and tire myself out or get injured. It was always pot luck whether a race went really well or disastrously wrong. Rest / easy days were never planned and probably, my harder sessions were not hard enough. I had known Kevin for at least 10 years as I had attended his spin classes in the past but, when we first spoke about the possibility of a structured training plan, I was apprehensive and unsure if another person could tailor a plan to my unpredictable work pattern and manage my training goals.
It has only been a few weeks but already, I cannot imagine how I would organise my own training again. It has been a real relief to have someone else take care of what I am doing and when. I’m not used to the detail or training at a particular pace or heart rate but am learning that each session has its purpose and that might not always be to go flat out. The Training Peaks system he uses is really straightforward (even to a total technophobe like me) and I train better knowing that he will be seeing my every move.
Kevin always has my week planned ahead of time and tailors it to the available time I have. I have found it a challenge, especially for longer sessions, but each session is manageable and within what I can do (just!). He is extremely knowledgeable and seems to have figured out quickly what I can push to and when to ease off, which is better than my own knowledge of myself!
I have found him to be a real support and is only a text away if I have a question. I would recommend Kevin to anyone who wants to take their training a step further. Knowledgeable, supportive, firm but fair – a great coach overall. Thank you very much!
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