Endurance Strong is an online resource for current and future Endurance Athletes created by Physical Therapist Assistant, Endurance Coach and Strength and Conditioning Specialist, David Kell to enhance Endurance Athletes' training and knowledge whether on the road, at the gym, while recovering from injury, or just getting started in their sport.
Endurance Strong has set out to finally bring together all the resources a modern Endurance Athlete needs to improve their endurance training, incorporate strength training specific to their sports, and stave off or recover from common overuse injuries. While many websites and coaches have expertise in one of those areas, leaving gaps in your training, Coach David Kell has higher expectations for Endurance Strong. David has expertise and experience in the physical therapy, strength and conditioning, endurance coaching as well as training and competing as an Endurance Athlete, and started Endurance Strong to create well rounded, informed Endurance Athletes. This means endurance training plans with proper progressions and variety to keep you motivated, strength training plans that easily blend with your endurance training, goals, and injury history, and products to help you enhance your training, injury prevention, and motivation. Endurance Strong is designed for any Endurance Athlete that wants to go Further, get Faster, or simply enjoy their sport Forever.
Another way Endurance Strong is different than other coaching platforms is that it prides itself on helping endurance sports as a whole and it's athletes to create a positive social impact. This includes reducing injury rates in a susceptible population, tackling mental health issues experienced by injured athletes, increasing physical activity levels through creating and supporting new Endurance Athletes, and raising awareness and funds through charitable endurance events. See more here on how we are doing this.
Yes, this section should theoretically be at the end but we wanted to make sure you made it to this section as there is a lot of reading to go on this page...fascinating reading for sure, but given attention spans these days...here it is. Here is where we want you to get an idea of where this relationship is going. Endurance Strong has big goals for the future listed here and in no way does this mean you can hold us accountable for anything on this list, but it hopefully it gets you excited for the possibilities.
Endurance Strong's training plans and resources will:
Increase the quality of endurance atheletes' training
Be based on science and experience
Provide enough options and knowledge that each athlete feels they fit their training experience, strengths, weaknesses, goals, and personal schedules
Include enough fun and variety to keep the athlete interested and motivated, but not sacrifice their purpose
Are affordable to the majority of Endurance Athletes (cost shouldn’t prohibit an Endurance Athlete from getting quality coaching)
Create educated Endurance Athletes by teaching the reasons behind proper training
Why are we called Endurance Strong?
The name is meant to remind current and aspiring Endurance Athletes that they can be Strong. While this includes being strong in the physical sense, it means much more than that. For starters, Endurance Athletes are often seen as too lanky and uncoordinated to do a real sport or mocked for how much they geek out about their pace per mile or how much spandex they where. So in this instance, Strong means comfortable in your own skin (or spandex) as an Endurance Athlete. In the more literal sense, Strong also means performing strength training to become not only a more well-rounded and fit Endurance Athlete, but also stronger in everyday life. No more gloating about a recent PR then throwing out your back carrying in the groceries. The Strong surname also pays tribute to two social movements linked to endurance sports that raised millions of dollars for charity in LiveStrong (TM) (think about the positive, not about the Lance stuff) and united a community in the face of tragedy in Boston Strong (TM), as Endurance Strong tries to similarly make a positive social impact.
ENDURANCE STRONG COACH
Founder & Head Coach
Masters in Exercise Science and Nutrition
Masters in Public Health
Physical Therapist Assistant with an Advanced Proficiency designation in Orthopedics
Level 1 USA Triathlon Coach
Level 3 USA Cycling Coach
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Competitive Endurance Athlete
The Long Story
My start in endurance sports was in 2007 when a friend of my asked me if I wanted to do a 5K with him that weekend. It was the summer before my senior year of college and my aspirations to play college baseball or hockey had recently fizzled so I agreed to the challenge. To show how little I knew at the time about proper training, a couple days before the race I hopped on a treadmill at my local gym and jogged out the 3.1 miles to make sure I could do it. Keep in mind that, at this time, this was the first time I had run more than a couple laps of a baseball field in one bout. Despite this, I finished that ‘training’ run and the 5K that weekend, in what was by my (and my friend’s) standards a tremendously slow time. Nonetheless, I had established a PR for the 5K distance and was set out beat that PR and conquer other challenges. Essentially an Endurance Athlete was born.
This set me on a path that would eventually lead to many 5K’s and 10K’s, half-marathons, triathlons, cycling races of all kinds, a couple obstacle course races, an adventure race, and my most beloved and competitive sport of Duathlon. I have seen many podiums in Duathlon, but the achievements I am proudest of are winning my age group at New England Regionals, cracking the Top 50 at the 2016 Duathlon Nationals, overall wins at local Duathlons, completing a half iron distance duathlon, competing at the World Championships in Australia, and ranking as high as 12th in the Nation and 2nd in my Region in my age group.
My passion for Endurance Sports became so strong that I had to pursue Coaching as a career as well. I wanted to know more and more about what made an Endurance Athlete what they were, how to train, how to avoid/recover from injury, and everything else that goes into pushing one’s self to their personal limits. This passion led to me getting my Masters in Exercise Science and Nutrition (graduating with the Gold Medal of Honor for finishing first in my class), being certified as a Triathlon Coach, Cycling Coach, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Personal Trainer, and Physical Therapist Assistant with an Advanced Proficiency designation in Orthopedics. I worked at a Trainer/Coach/Therapist at a Physical Therapy and Wellness facility, triathlon training center, Quinnipiac University’s Strength and Conditioning Department, the YMCA, for a Youth Triathlon Team, and currently at a Physical Therapy Clinic specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine.
I can honestly say that each of these experiences made me the well-rounded and complete athlete and coach I am today. Through all of my education, training, and experiences as a coach and an athlete, I found myself expecting more from online resources and coaches. I say this for a couple reasons. First, most websites, books, newsletters, etc. out there seem to miss the mark on one level or another. There are those that rely on the experience of well-known coaches or athletes, but fly in the face of scientific research. There are those whose advice is well-researched, but lacks the ability for practical application. There are strength coaches that think endurance athletes should train like team sport athletes or endurance coaches that don’t know the basic strength training principles. There are Physical Therapy based resources that focus purely on therapeutic exercises but not on the other needs an Endurance Athlete needs specifically.
My second reason is the high and ever increasing cost for quality coaching. This frustration I feel more as an athlete, as I started out as a clueless runner in need of guidance and to this day still like turning to other coaches for their input. I feel that I was in the same boat as many of endurance athletes in the fact that despite my high level of commitment to my sport, I can’t afford quality coaching. The price to enter races, travel to them, and get the equipment necessary for them is high and climbing higher. Adding a quality coach to the mix at their current prices is not feasible for many endurance athletes. I hope you noticed, I kept using the term ‘quality coaching’ above. This is because it is too often the case that an endurance athlete seeks out the coach offering the best deal or the price they can afford. The result of this is bad coaching or coaching that is generic and not good for that individual.
Lastly, while my time as and endurance athlete and coach have been largely positive, there have been bumps in the road just like most endurance athletes have faced. Despite the knowledge of how and dedication to staving off injury, there have been several times where I have been forced to the sidelines. These experiences were tough on me. Not only is there physical pain, it is mentally tough having to give up what you love for any period of time. I have gone through the mental spiral of worrying about losing fitness, gaining weight, getting angry, getting sad, getting your hopes up when feeling better again and getting even more frustrated when an injury comes back. Overcoming these physical and mental obstacles has given me additional knowledge and experience that helps round out what Endurance Strong is and provides a lot of the passion behind it's goal of creating a positive social impact.