Knowledge, skills and expertise
British Milers Club 2015 Coach of the Year with over 10 years experience coaching athletes to International level and a Sport and Exercise Scientist.
Level 3 athletics coach, Aaron completed his degree and then Masters in Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett University and was mentored by Wilf Paish MBE before he started coaching his now wife, Charlene (nee Snelgrove) in 2007. His strong understanding in physiology and biomechanics allow him to apply an evidence based approach to his coaching, as well as tailoring his training programmes to the athlete’s needs.
“As a sports scientist I try and bring an evidence based approach to the sport but it’s not healthy to have a philosophy which is set in stone. You have to look at the athlete and what they need in terms of evaluating their own strengths and weaknesses”. BMC 2015 Coach of the Year interview.
Training programmes tailored to your individual needs and lifestyle
Training programmes are designed to work for the individual and their event group to ensure they peak at the right time, to achieve their competition goals agreed with Coach.
Whether you are a Full Time athlete who can handle a full training load, someone less robust who needs a programme supplemented with cross training or a Full Time worker who can’t recover as well between sessions, Coach Thomas tailors training programmes to get the best out of each athlete. Monthly meetings between coach and athlete discuss how training will develop and progress towards achieving short term and long term goals followed by individualised training programmes uploaded weekly to Trainingpeaks.
“There are a variety of people in what really is a diverse group. Some are elite athletes and others are recreational runners. Everyone takes it seriously and is expected to train hard and I like to think I give them all equal attention and input on the key sessions where everyone attends”. Coach Thomas commenting on the squad that trains under his supervision in Leeds, BMC 2015 Coach of the Year interview.
More than a running coach
Level 3 Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach and Level 2 British Weightlifting Instructor to support your running and help prevent injury.
Alongside four coach led running sessions, Coach Thomas leads two S&C sessions per week, tailored to the individual athlete’s event group to develop running technique, strength, mobility and power leading to an all round stronger more robust athlete. If, in the unfortunate event an athlete is unable to run, through injury, bespoke cross training programmes are prescribed and therapists are liased with to get you back fit as quickly as possible.
An assistant coach for greater support
Recently retired GB International 1500m athlete Charlene Thomas assists alongside Coach Thomas to ensure every athlete in the squad is supported fully to reach their potential.
With a variety of sessions within sessions and numerous athlete’s to observe an assistant coach comes in handy. With a keen eye for running drills and technique Charlene has been there and done it and knows exactly what it takes to achieve training and competition goals. She completes her assistant coach and level 2 coaching qualification in 2018 and also provides a valuable mentoring service to athlete’s in the squad who wish to tap into her experience and knowledge. Charlene is still part of the training squad and helps to pace sessions and races on the circuit.