SUFFERLANDRIA'S OFFICIAL SPORTS SCIENCE PARTNERS: APEX COACHING & CONSULTING
The main philosophy of APEX Coaching is to provide individualized coaching with a balance of art and science. We consider the practical goals and abilities of our athletes with respect to their individual needs. We believe that the quality of training is far more important than the quantity of training. As Neal says “More is always more, but more is not always better.” While it is not possible to get faster without training hard, too much training can easily overload even the most experienced athlete and lead to diminished performance. Finding the best balance between high intensity work and quality recovery is the key to making the greatest gains in fitness. APEX Coaching believes that Polarized Training is the most effective strategy to improving performance. This means we will never prescribe weeks and weeks of “base” training with no high intensity work, and you will never have weeks and weeks of doing only one type of interval. Finally, APEX Coaching believes that health always comes before fitness, and that maintaining a balance between athletic pursuits and life’s priorities is key to long term success.
NEAL HENDERSON is one of the world’s leading cycling and triathlon coaches and has worked with elite athletes such as Evelyn Stevens, Taylor Phinney, Rohan Dennis and Flora Duffy. His athletes have won world and Olympic championship titles, world records and leaders jerseys in the biggest races in the world.
Neal is the founder of APEX Coaching and is also on the coaching staff for the US National Team and BMC Pro Racing. The recipient of multiple coaching awards, Neal holds a Masters in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado Boulder. Sufferlandrians know Neal’s work well, as he’s the designer of Sufferfest workouts such as Blender, Nine Hammers, The Omnium, Thin Air and many, many more. Neal is a former Masters US National Champion on the track, a former professional triathlete and has won medals at the age-group world championships.
MAC CASSIN has been coached by Neal since 2009 and is a coach with APEXfocusing on masters and junior racers. As an elite cyclist who also has to balance the demands of ‘life’ with his goals as an athlete, Mac has a deep understanding of how to get the most out of those who have limited time to train. Mac has raced at the World and PanAmerican championships and holds several US national and state titles. His studies were in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado and has worked as a research assistant in the CU Neurophysiology lab.
Our partner for The Sufferfest Yoga for Cyclist series, ABI CARVER started her tness career in personal training, before later branching out into yoga. She completed her yoga teacher training in Guatemala, and has since grown a huge online following with Yoga 15, her comprehensive yoga system designed specifically for athletes. Abi now teaches in Europe, South America and Indonesia, tailoring her classes and routines specifically to the athletes. With her own interests including surfing, climbing and running, she uses yoga to improve her performance through conditioning, recovery, and mental skills training.