“Started training with Team ECG last year, been on two trips with them. Cycle trip to The Alps and a training camp to Mallorca. Had a great time on both. Train hard in the day and relax with some good banter in the evenings. The facilities and location for the camp were great, and security for the bikes was comforting.
Sam coached me to IM Sweden in August this year, the training was tough but varied and well put together. Questions are always answered quickly and explanations make this much clearer. We came up with a race plan which was executed and made completing my first full distance tri that much more manageable.
Can’t recommend Sam and Team ECG enough and I’ve already signed up for the next training camp!
“Having had no long distance running experience, I did not know where to start to train for a half marathon. I only had 11 weeks to get up to speed and Paul gave me a very easy to follow training programme that enabled me to meet my target. Along with advice on nutrition and what to do when I had any training injuries, Paul made the training experience a stress free and enjoyable one. And I achieved my time set for the half marathon.”
“When I decided to run Reading Half Marathon again, I was determined to beat my time from the previous year. So I turned to Paul to help me with my training .
He wrote me a bespoke training plan that fitted around my normal sports and fitness activities.
The plan pushed me far more than i would have been able to do so myself.
When you see how far / how quick you have to run, written down in black and white you just do it! Also knowing that Paul would be asking how I got on meant there was no escaping it!
The plan was very varied with different paces, distances, intensities etc. This made it far more interesting and was much more beneficial than just running the same pace and increasing the distance bit by bit, which is what I did before.
Paul was always on hand to ask any questions or talk about any particular training sessions that I felt were difficult and he adjusted the plan accordingly.
There’s no doubt that without Paul’s help I wouldn’t have got the time I wanted. His coaching got the best out of me on the day.”
“Thanks to Paul’s coaching I was not only able to do reach my goal of completing the Reading half marathon, I was able to finish well within the time I set myself whilst feeling great on the day. This was due to Paul’s great engagement and tuition at the beginning of training to figure out what I was capable of and how I could get to my goal. Then following up to make all was going as planned.
Paul also has a breadth of knowledge on other fitness techniques and was also happy providing coaching on nutrition generally for healthy life style and specific requirements like eating related to strength training.
Thoroughly recommend Paul for coaching and motivating to reach your goals.”
“Before I started training with Paul, I used to smoke and hadn’t trained for over 20 years apart from the odd football match. I decided I needed to change my life and Paul helped me achieve this. Paul gave me a structured training plan to follow and within 9 months I was doing a half marathon in under 2 hours. He also turned my swimming around from a flailing fish to being able to complete several triathlons. I would thoroughly recommend Paul’s training services.
He is knowledgeable, motivational, patient and above all a great guy.”
“I started training with Paul just over 1 year ago, I’m far from being naturally fit, athletic or strong and prior to starting. I wasn’t too bothered about this. I’d lost a little weight through dieting for my wedding but struggled to maintain this once I’d settled into married life and failed to motivate myself into a sufficient exercise regime (we all know how it goes!!).
I felt so inspired to be fitter and faster and I’ve never looked back!! Paul is such a motivating coach who devotes so much of himself to his athletes. I feel so lucky to be part of it and would be at a loss without them! “
“Fabulous encouraging trainer…
I love Pauls training, he gets everyone involved no matter their fitness level and ensures everyone gets great results.
I struggled with basic things and once Paul showed me a technique to use, it was all doable and I’ve now progressed from this – just amazing…
Nothing is ever too much trouble for him and he’s always happy to help and give advice.”
“I enlisted Paul’s help to coach me for my first ever triathlon, a sprint at Dorney Lake that I’d entered with only about 4 weeks’ notice. I was already fit, but hadn’t swum properly in many years and had very little open water experience, so was extremely nervous about the swim in particular.
From the start, Paul was extremely helpful and organised, setting out my training plan in line with what I thought I could manage around work, etc. He asked what my goal was, and I told him it was ‘to not drown’. Thankfully, I think his goal for me was more ambitious than my own!
The training program followed a nice logical flow, beginning with practising each discipline separately, before combining them so that I could get used to how to felt to go straight from the bike to a run, and so on. It was challenging yet flexible, and I found it was really easy to work it around other commitments.
As well as setting out my training programme for me and feeding back on my progress, Paul also met me for some open water swim training sessions. These were absolutely invaluable for me. I discovered quite early on that I never really learned how to do ‘proper’ front crawl, so Paul pretty much had to teach me from scratch. When we first started I was so crap that I didn’t think I’d be able to do the swim at all and got pretty frustrated with my lack of skill. However, Paul was incredibly patient with me, and broke the whole technique down for me into simple steps. We practiced each part until eventually I managed to get it all together and suddenly it felt easy!
When it came to preparing for the day itself, Paul was extremely helpful and had a wealth of advice on what I would need to do, wear, take with me, and so on. When the day finally came, I felt really prepared and it made the event far less overwhelming than it would have been. I was still pretty nervous about the swim, however, as soon as I got in the water I was ready and raring to go. The race went pretty well and I was fairly pleased with my time, not bad for a first try at least! I’m so grateful to Paul for all his support in getting me tri-ready, and now that I’ve become addicted I’m looking forward to working with him again for my next race!”
“Thanks to Endurance Coaching Group (ECG) & head coach Sam Tomkins, It turns out that a middle aged fat bloke can indeed complete a triathlon!
It wasn’t that long ago that the sofa was all too familiar. As I drank another glass of wine, reaching for my evening blood pressure tablet and wincing from lower back pain, something occurred to me. 50 years of age is not that far away, my body is broken and the size of a bus and perhaps I’d really better try and do something about my unhealthy lifestyle.
I’d always wondered how people could complete a triathlon and was convinced it was far beyond my capabilities, but when I was introduced to Sam Tomkins of ECG he assured me that it was possible and that ‘everyone has a triathlon in them’.
Sam created a tailor made programme that taught me the basics and gradually increased the work load and I was surprised how quickly I made progress. Being taught good technique and providing an excellent support mechanism was critical to my progress and this led to me enjoying the training regime. This behaviour led to more of the behaviour and before long I was hooked!
I completed my first triathlon in May 2017 and have my sights firmly set on multiple events in 2018 and beyond.
If you are considering using a coach or coaching group, you will not find a better set of people than those I have met at ECG. They are all very proficient athletes in their own right and can therefore coach with authority. You will be supported, encouraged and motivated to succeed far beyond anything you thought possible.
I cannot recommend their services highly enough – many thanks ECG and Sam Tomkins….. You’re life changers!!”