Besides having been certified by USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, and USA Weightlifting (Level 1 Sport Performance Coach), Coach Al is also a:
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association
- Certified Functional Movement Screen provider with Functional Movement Systems
- Certified Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist with Functional Range Systems
- Certified Barefoot Training Specialist with Evidence Based Fitness Academy
- Certified Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist with Stretch To Win
- Certified Physical Fitness Specialist with the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research
- Certified Hardstyle Russian Kettlebell (HKC) instructor with Dragon Door
- Certified in Clinical Gait Analysis by Medical Motion, a subsidiary of Sports Motion, Inc.
As a guide and mentor, Coach Al’s passion and purpose is helping athletes like YOU to move better, feel better, stay healthier, get stronger, and go faster!
Among the athletes he has helped reach their ultimate potential is 5-time Age-Group Ironman Triathlon World Champion, Lisbeth Kenyon.
As an athlete himself, in a 40+ year endurance sports journey that began when he started running at age 19 to “get in shape,” Coach Al has literally done just about every kind of race you can think of and has the t-shirts to prove it!
What are only a few of the highlights?
- Boston Marathon PR of 2:39:37
- 50-mile run PR of 7:19
- 5K PR of 16:20 (all road PRs were on wheel-measured courses)
- 5-mile (road) PR of 27:33
- 10K PR of 34:21
- 20K PR of 1:11:32
- Half Marathon PR of 1:17:01
- Half Ironman/70.3 PR of 4:29
- Multiple finishes at the Vermont 50 Mountain Bike race, the Mount Washington Hill-climb (both the run and bike races), the 24 Hours at The Glen mountain bike race, the Miwok 100K trail race, and the 48-mile Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim run.
- A “fun” streak of 19 straight sub-3 hour marathons and more than two dozen total marathon finishes.
- After a near-drowning experience at 10-years old, and having never gone into water deeper than waist-deep – at age 36 he was inspired to overcome his fear of the water while watching the television broadcast of the 1995 Ironman with his then 7-year old daughter, Erin. He fought for two years to overcome that fear and learn how to swim, eventually finishing his first Ironman in 1998 at The Great Floridian, exiting the water in 1:19 to his cheering family waiting anxiously. To this day, Coach Al says overcoming the near-drowning and becoming a swimmer has been “the hardest thing I’ve ever accomplished.” That led to eight more Ironman Triathlon finishes to date (nine total) and a 10:19 PR at Ironman Lake Placid, including three qualifications for, and finishes at the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Thanks to the support of his family and many months of work and sacrifice, Coach Al was able to achieve his dream of qualifying for and reaching the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in 2000!
What about you?
Your time is now. Let’s get to it.
Endurance sports give you an exhilarating freedom that’s hard to describe to others.
Anyone who’s experienced the feeling of crossing that finish line, or beating a PR has felt the sense of achievement, liberation, and levitating self-confidence that follows. It is an active form of meditation that connects every inch of your body with the whole of your mind, and there’s nothing quite like the almost euphoric, focused calm after a heart-thumping endurance workout.
The problem is that this euphoria is fleeting and starts to dwindle at some point, when the inevitable pain, stiffness, and exhaustion begin creeping up alongside your age. Up until that moment, you feel ageless and at times even immortal. It doesn’t matter how old you are when you know you can outrun a college student while feeling like a nimble version of the Hulk.
In the beginning, you ignore it and figure you just need to stretch more.
Maybe you decide to take a yoga class once a week, or cash in that gift card for a deep tissue massage down the street. It might make you feel better at first, but eventually the aches, numbness or whatever you’re dealing with becomes more frequent and can’t be masked with foam rolling, infrared saunas, or easier and slower runs to just keep moving and increase blood flow.
You start pushing yourself beyond the threshold of imminent injury and suddenly, your body starts going backward with every training session.
You’re no longer ageless – because now you really feel old.
The thing that was supposed to keep you going until your final day on earth is being taken from you bit – by – bit, and there’s nothing left to do but watch the deterioration happen.
You want to be and feel like the person you imagine on the inside.
People tell you to give up and face the reality of life, but they don’t get it.
Well, they may not understand, but I do.
You need your sport like you need air, because it’s who you are. You have to strive to beat those personal records year after year because those goals keep you moving.
I know what it’s like to start from scratch and do something that scares you. Not many people know this about me, but I battled an intense fear of water until the ripe age of 36. I’m not talking about a little bit of discomfort here—I mean full-blown PTSD that had me shaking with anxiety if I so much as dipped my toes in the ocean.
But, I dreamed of doing the Ironman. I knew I could do it if I could overcome my fears and learn to swim. Learning to swim as an adult with water PTSD was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I did it!
By breaking down my phobia into small steps that incrementally rewired my deep-rooted fear and ultimately my mind-body connection, I achieved my goal and finished my first of many Ironman races at 39 years old.
I applied this same structured, problem-solving mindset to when I first trained myself to excel as a marathoner. When I realized that volume alone was leading to decreasing returns, I studied the science and diverse training protocols of elite runners and applied them to my own training. My entire body strengthened and I optimized my body mechanics to perform better and safer.
Now, more than 20 years after I started coaching…
…I have developed a unique insight on how to isolate and correct your body mechanics that silently block performance, eventually causing injury and limited range of motion.
Being a Master Sports Therapist extensively versed in post-injury rehab, sports medicine, pre-habilitation and acquiring a long list of various certifications including CSCS, I spent years studying and practicing Gait Analysis under the highly revered company Sports Motion before co-founding the nationally recognized coaching company and gait analysis lab Pursuit Athletic Performance in Old Saybrook CT, with my partner Dr. Kurt Strecker.
In the years since, I’ve had the privilege of helping thousands of clients reach their ultimate potential.
After all, when your sport demands a heroic performance, you deserve to be the unstoppable athlete you aspire to be. My programs will help you get there!