Thursday, December 13, 2007

Coaching Poll

Just out of curiosity ...

If you had a MAJOR goal you wanted to achieve but felt you needed outside help with it, how much would you be willing to pay for a coach?

$0 would include asking for help from any person who is willing to give advice for free (friend, club coach, etc), or buying a book or generic training program and doing it yourself. $1-$100 would probably include most coaches who work with an organized training group, class or team as well as perhaps some basic 1-on-1 coaching services. Feel free to elaborate in the comments, if desired.

Poll Results (as of 1/8/08):



Thanks everyone for voting!

18 comments:

Spokane Al said...

I think your poll may be rigged! It would not allow me to vote for $1 - $100.

Susan said...

I'd likr to stay closer to $200, if not under.

However, this sounds like it is HUGE to you and you can not put a price on accomplishment! Everytime I make a big purchase I just think to myself "Well what else would I have spent the money on? SOMETHING, I'm sure -- so it might as well be on something fabulous!"

ShirleyPerly said...

Whoops! It's fixed now.

IM Able said...

You should seriously look at Liz Fedofsky. I'm really enjoying her coaching, she's uber responsive and accessable, and she started out as a runner! Plus, she falls in the meaty end of your poll results.

Cliff Tam said...

I am surprise no one voted for zero.

$50/month is a good price. I am more interest in Q & A with the coach for my individual needs. I don't see much value in him setting a training schedule for me.

MarathonChris said...

I tend toward the $0 number but if I have maxed it out, I would do $100/month. Just my gut for affordability. However, since you are much more focused on this, perhaps up to $200.

Ah well...

TJ said...

it depends....
in my opinion, if you're taking on something new, or if you're really looking to have a breakthrough race and the self coached route hasn't gotten you there, get the best coach you can get within your budget. you'll not only get a training schedule, you'll also learn a lot from the coach...i know i did.

if you're just needing some specific questions answered or need someone to take a look at your plan, most all coaches will do a half hour or hour consult and answer question and help tweak your plan.

good luck!

ShirleyPerly said...

I would say for the purposes of this poll, vote for whatever amount is higher.

I just want to get an idea as to how much people are willing to fork out for a coach, regardless of what specific help they get. I'm sure some really good coaches probably charge as much for occasional consultation as others charge per month for the whole package anyway!

Steve Stenzel said...

For $400+ each month, each training session better have a happy ending...

TJ said...

i paid $200 per month for one on one caoching. most will do an hour consult for around $100.
hope that helps.

ShirleyPerly said...

Thanks TJ, for the data points.

Steve: For $400+/month, I think the coach ought to do the big race for me :-)

Petraruns said...

I think I'm with MarathonChris on the numbers but I suppose it depends on the seriousness of what you're trying to achieve..

Brent Buckner said...

I will go to lengths some view as ridiculous to get certain things done.

Just at the moment there's no athletic goal that's so important to me that I'd drop the self-coaching approach (which is a lot of the fun for me).

Anonymous said...

you should look at trismarter.com

it's amazing from what i hear

BreeWee said...

oooh, good luck! In my opinion... the BEST coach is the one you have the BEST communication with! if you get along, trust, and can be honest with... that's the best. Wish money grew on trees!

skoshi said...

If the goal was that strong I'd pay between $100-200.

Rural Girl said...

that's cool. I suppose it depends on how bad you want to meet your goal (and I guess the cash flow available).

Going for it said...

I agree with Anonymous- I have been working with Trismarter.com for months and have lost 12 pounds and feel faster than ever! There is a great article in this month's Triathlete about them too!