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Athlete-Coach Match Program

We are excited to announce the launch of our Athlete-Coach Match program, designed to match athletes to compatible coaches. For over 10 years, TrainingPeaks has been the go-to software for athletes and coaches to work together to achieve peak performance. The Coach Directory has been a staple resource for athletes to find coaches based on location and discipline. But over time, we have learned through customer feedback that finding a coach can often be a daunting or even overwhelming task given the wide range of options. This program is designed to eliminate the guesswork and streamline your search.

How do you decide which coaches will participate in the program?

For the last eight weeks we have been certifying coaches through the TrainingPeaks Coach Certification program to ensure they meet a level of expertise in both their chosen field and the use of TrainingPeaks software and tools. Each certified coach holds a current license through their governing body, has been using TrainingPeaks as a coach for a minimum of six (6) months and has passed our thorough application and interview process.

I'm interested! So how do I get started?

You'll fill out a detailed online form designed to gather information about you and your goals. We'll then use that personalized information to match you with an appropriate coach. Once a match has been found, the athlete will be contacted by the certified coach to set up a more detailed interview session and determine if there is a fit. At this point, it's up to you and the coach to decide if you want to work together.

What happens if I decide that coach is not a match?

No problem, you'll simply contact us, let us know the reasons you didn't feel there was a fit, and we'll find you another coach based on the additional information.

What if I find someone on the Coach Directory that I think is compatible? Do I have to go through you?

Absolutely not. If you see someone on the coach directory that you feel is compatible, feel free to contact them. That's what the directory is there for, and that won't change.

If you're serious about finding a coach, let the Athlete-Coach Match program work for you.  Click here to get started

Still have questions? Shoot us an e-mail here and we'd be happy to answer them!

Reader Comments (2)

Would you please tell coaches how to enroll in this program if for some reason TP has not included us? Thank you! : )

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertristacey

@tristacey, In order to participate in the client match program, you must be a certified TrainingPeaks coach. In order to be eligible for certification you must meet certain requirements which can be found here:

Enrollment into the coach certification program is currently closed. We will be open enrolling new coaches sometime late Q1 / early Q2 of 2012.

Please stay tuned to our blog, facebook and twitter feeds for news and info regarding this.

December 29, 2011 | Registered Commentertrainingpeaks

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