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Brandon’s Methodology

Dallas Running Coach, Brandon Cumby’s Methodology

My coaching methodology is a hybrid and it addresses everything you need to be successful in running or other endurance sports – the physical, mental, and spiritual toughness. I do not have a litany of collegiate running records or achievements nor do I have particularly “impressive” road or trail marathon times. I am an “average athlete” or a “middle of the pack” guy according to the easily accessible rubric of PRs to evaluate “how good of a runner” someone is.

I am a former out of shape guy who took up running because he was tired of carrying around extra weight, being depressed and anxious simultaneously, and not having any other hobbies except for meeting friends for happy hour. I am a guy who found a passion for running in my early thirties and very quickly decided I wanted running to become a big part of my life.  Soon after, I had my body so badly damaged that I thought I might never run again, which is when I resolved not only to get back to my new passion, but to share it and inspire others with it.

I have studied most of the famous running coaches and theories – the greats like Lydiard and Jack Daniels and the newer “heavy hitters” like McMillan and Jeff Galloway. I do not claim to have pioneered any of my own approaches – but I certainly have enough experience to be able to tailor a large body of knowledge to the audience in order to achieve a desired outcome.  That’s all coaching is, when you focus on the dimension of imbuing raw physical ability.

All the discussion of who has the best and most effective theories does not even seek to address the “why?” behind the “what” or the “how.”

Why do we have these perceived roadblocks in our performance?
Why do some people get hooked in the beginning and then “fall off the wagon” over and over again?
Why is running REALLY hard?

Lastly, giving a cause, a name, an emotion, an ideal, or a purpose to the run – that’s where the actual flame is ignited.  One of my favorite trainees ran to raise money for her son who was diagnosed with Duchene muscular dystrophy.  At the end of our long runs, when she was physically starting to fall apart – all I had to do to squeeze 3-4 more miles out of her exhausted legs was to remind her of the REASON for our training.

This can be anything – to feel more self-confidence, to stop hearing an abusive voice saying “you can’t succeed,” to stop being addicted, to reclaim your health – whatever it is you are seeking in your life.  The feeling of empowerment that comes from gaining fitness and accomplishing a fitness milestone or a goal race just bleeds over into every aspect of life.
If your goal is just to PR a certain distance, then sure, I can help you do that.

What I really do is take an athlete

(yes, there is an athlete inside of everyone­—it’s hard wired in our DNA),

unpack all of the “I can’t” and “I won’t” and
find the “I can” and “I will.”


RATES & PLANS

Private Coaching Session MOST POPULAR!
Monthly Training Membership
Goal Race Prep Plans

$40/each

 

50 minute in-person coaching session tailored to your needs with a debrief after.

Group sessions or bundles can be purchased with discounts available for booking in advance.

$100/month

 

Introductory phone call/Skype session
Unlimited 24/7 communication
Personalized training plan

Free unlimited access to group workouts
Discounted private coaching sessions
Form analysis
Race selection and annual race planning/goal setting meetings

Pacing analysis/review
Access to Coach Cumby’s Facebook WOG
Premium training peaks account
100% satisfaction guarantee
No initiation fees, no cancellation

3-Month Couch to 5K Plan – $250

 

3-month customized training plan, including three (3) 50 minute in-person coaching sessions, hydration planning, assistance in selection of appropriate goal race, and unlimited client/coach communication.

4-Month Half Marathon Plan – $350

 

4-month customized training plan, including four (4) 50 minute in-person coaching sessions, form analysis, fueling/hydration planning, assistance in selection of appropriate goal race, and unlimited client/coach communication.

6-Month Full Marathon Plan – $450

 

6-month customized training plan, including six (6) 50 minute in-person coaching sessions, form analysis, fueling/hydration planning, assistance in selection of appropriate goal race, one mid-plan assessment/adjustment and unlimited client/coach communication.

Custom Goal Race Plan

$75/each

 

Includes one in-person 50 minute coaching session tailored to your needs with a debrief after and a customized training plan for your goal race.

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PROGRAMS

I offer some standard “out of the box” programs – designed for a specific purpose and then tailored to the individual or group, focused on a goal race or fitness goal. I do not offer a standard “Couch to 5K” plan – those are available free all over the Internet. I want to work with beginner athletes, but not to check off  “I ran a 5K” on the bucket-list; nothing against this “one and done” approach, but there are much better programs to help in this scenario. I will glady direct you to these programs if that’s what you want and need. I want to work with people who are seriously dedicated to changing their life by changing their body and mind and realizing their inner greatness.

All programs will be tailored to the communication style of the athlete, offering a mix of in-person, phone, text, and e-mail to facilitate ease of access for all workouts and scheduled communications. The list below is not exhaustive, but simply a list of types of services/coaching in which I have experience and can aid an athlete or group of athletes in achieving success.

If you have a need that is not listed, please contact me–if I am not able to help, I will gladly refer you to the right person.

This program is designed for someone who is coming from a sedentary lifestyle and seeking change. The program is 26 weeks long and focuses and getting active without getting injured, understanding the difference between discomfort and pain, how to increase mileage and activity, and the importance proper hydration and fueling plays into physical performance.

Prerequisites: evidence of a medical screening prior to participation and a free coach’s interview and consultation.  This program includes a customized coaching plan delivered to the athlete, 1-2 (as relevant) in-person coaching sessions per week, online consultation, weekly coach phone calls/texts, goal race pacing and support.

The standard program for both distances is 20 weeks, with a 6-8 week coach-led base building and general conditioning session required before the actual 12-14 week build up in volume to the half or full distance.
Many of the programs out there are aimed at helping folks “finish” their goal race. My training program is different in that it is aimed at getting you comfortably through your first half or full marathon, without significant down time or a recovery period, healthy, and ready to run another race…soon after! I want your first experience to be rewarding AND fun!

Prerequisites: evidence of a medical screening prior to participation and a free coach’s interview and consultation.  This program includes a customized coaching plan delivered to the athlete, 1-2 (as relevant) in-person coaching sessions per week, online consultation, weekly coach phone calls/texts, goal race pacing and support. Also, a fun and social component of this program is participation in hosted weekly group runs on the weekend.

Have you suffered a significant injury recently or at some point in your life? Are you trying to “Get back to where you were” or simply add some physical activity to your life?  Read my story and learn how I fought my way back from injury to reclaim my life and my fitness. I went from training for my first full marathon and being in the best shape of my life to clinging on to it.  When I woke up I had an eleven inch incision in my abdomen, could not sit up in bed, could not stand without the aid of a walker, could not eat, and only weighed 140 pounds. I literally started from “ground zero” – there was nothing left of my old body physically, but mentally I was tougher than ever…and determined.  I understand the unique challenges that come with recovery from an injury and have strategies to overcome them and help you accomplish your goals. I have a huge amount of respect and an intense passion for this type of athlete and would love to be able to help you get back on the road.

The student athlete and/or multi-sport athlete is a difficult person to coach, because each athlete participates in a different mix of sports, has a sweeping range of interest in each, has different academic ability, interest, and course load, and likely a semi-active social life.  Trying to manage all of these can be extremely difficult. So, coaching this athlete is a blend of trying to maximize athletic performance while managing more inputs – the success or failure of this endeavor really boils down to strategic planning.  The goal is to integrate training and competing with personal and academic responsibilities, while always maintaining a hierarchy of needs in check, based on the input of the athlete. For high school students I work very closely with the parents to determine what this mix looks like.

If you have never participated in a 6-12 person relay team but would like to, let’s work together! I will create custom training plans, assign segments and legs based on ability, provide logistics, event weekend coordination and coaching services to make sure everything goes smoothly and your achieve the results you are looking for!