Personal Coaching Services

The first thing that I want to say about my coaching is that it is personal and transparent. I'm going to tell it to you like it is. I am someone that prefers and appreciates open and regular communication and honesty. There are no "cookie cutter" training plans that I will send out, and I won't go weeks without speaking with you. Everyone is unique, has different goals and aspirations, strengths, weaknesses, and availability so I will customize a plan that works for you.

The initial action that you will need to take is to check out our training page ...Make contact w/ me and I will send you a brief questionnaire to fill out. From there we will set up a time to meet in person (if you are local to Portland, OR) or set up a phone (or Skype) conversation where we can get to know each other better. I use this initial meeting/conversation to establish a "Training Age" based on your background and experiences. Someone that has been involved in athletics most of their life will have a higher training age than someone who has started running at age 40. Both are fine but this will help me calibrate the training regimen.

I will then design a training plan for you using principles of progression and periodization to build your strength, speed, and endurance. Usually, unless specified otherwise, I will send out two weeks of training at a time but we will check-in together on a weekly basis via an interactive spreadsheet. This will allow you to update your runs/workouts regularly. This type of communication has worked very well with the athletes I coach.

If you are local to Portland, OR I will work with you one-on-one and within groups to fine tune form, efficiency, and to facilitate strength and speed workouts. We will have fun and enjoy the trails together too...that's what it's all about right?!!! One of the many aspects I love about coaching is that I have forged friendships along the way.

I have coached people from all over the world so close proximity is not a prerequisite for success. Part of having me as your coach will involve discussing many running-related topics such as gear, shoes, race selection, nutrition (before, during, and after running), and logistics of a long race. I have also been known to accompany people I coach at some of their races if I can make it happen.

I am currently taking clients & I look forward to hearing from & working w/ you.

Here is what a few clients said:

*---"Yassine's coaching has been fabulous. It is personal, concise, and yet exactly what I needed for each and every week. There were weeks when I would look at what he had lined out for me and think that it was the wrong move, yet almost eerily it seemed like he knew exactly what I could handle for the week. Very happy with the 7 months I had to work with Yassine and my running has improved dramatically. Yassine loves running and loves people, a great combination. Best money I've spent on my running...period."--David Henry

*---"I wasn't sure what to expect from a personal coach, fortunately I chose Yassine. With his guidance and support not only was I able to PR my marathon by 40 minutes and run my first 50 miler, but was also reminded of how fortunate I am to be able to run (in nature)! Yassine is an awesome personal coach who cares about the runner and their running."--James Madsen

*---"With Yassine's help I was able to improve my marathon time by nearly 45 minutes. Having a running coach makes me accountable for my training the way I wouldn't be if I were running on my own. After being overwhelmed by the wide variety of programs online and in books, I made the right decision by finding someone to personally guide me through the process of improving my speed and endurance levels."Thank you! Amy Jackson