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Lou Cookson has been participating in endurance sports for the past 21 years. During this time, Lou has completed running events up to and including marathons, cycling events up to and including century rides, and triathlons up to and including ten Ironman.
Lou has used his years of endurance experience combined with extensive study of coaching and training techniques to develop a successful style of coaching designed around getting the most out of his athletes with minimal risk of injury. He has used this coaching technique to develop runners from 5K up to and including 100 mile trail runs and triathletes from sprints to the Ironmen. Many of Lou's athletes have won their age group and qualified for the epitome of their sport, such as the Boston Marathon.
Lou can bring your game up a notch, train you to remain injury-free, and even teach and inspire you to finish your race with a smile on your face.
- USAT Level I Certified Triathlon Coach
ITCA Certified Triathlon Coach
Triathlon Coach Leukemia Society's Team in Training
NESTA Certified Personal Trainer
ASCA Certified Swim Coach
A few of Lou's many accomplishments are:
- 1st Place in AG at Ironman Canada
1st Place in AG at New Orleans Ironman 70.3
1st Place in AG at Philadelphia Triathlon (Olympic Distance)
1st Place in AG at Columbia Triathlon (Olympic Distance)
1st Place in AG at Mason -- Dixon (Sprint Distance)
1st Place in AG at Harriman ( Sprint Distance)
Two time finisher of Ironman World Championships 10th place (4th American) in AG at in 2005 and 7th American in 2009
6th place (4th American) in AG at 70.3 World Championships
"All American" status from the United States Triathlon Association in the 50-54, 55-59 and 60-64 age brackets.
"Let me help you reach your goals and together we'll set the new standard for
what growing older (not old) means!"
"With over 20 years of racing at the top of your sport you are a true ambassador not only to the world of endurance athletics but to life. Over the past 10 months you have pushed me so hard, made me stronger than I ever imagined possible, given me the confidence to be the best I can be and never once accepted anything less than 100%. I could never thank you enough for everything you have done for me this year."
-- Andrew H.
"Lou Cookson's expert training enabled this out-of-shape, non-athletic breast cancer survivor to finish the Boston Avon Walk for Breast Cancer without so much as a blister or sore muscle. He stood by me all the way--and still does--coaching, encouraging, sending tips and motivational materials. He's even convinced me that I am an athlete and has me contemplating other races! I am proud to call him my coach and friend, and would highly recommend him to anyone who asks."
-- Monique R.
"How do you find the words to describe a man who pushes you to your limits SAFELY, who inspires you mentally and physically, who takes you to places you thought were impossible to reach, who answers any and all questions with the seriousness in which they are asked no matter how simple they may seem, who gives you endless support, encouragement and the ability to experience life-changing experiences, with a smile and with care? Well, that is Coach Lou! I never thought it would be possible to be trained by someone with so much knowledge, experience and care. Lou has taught me how to swim (which is no small feat - no wonder he's an Ironman!) and how to have confidence in myself to get in open water, which I was not able to do last year. He has given me tools to conquer my fears and overcome my doubts.
With Lou, the physical training is only a small portion of what he gives to you! He teaches ALL aspects of training, not just putting you in the gym and handing you weights. I have learned balance in training, I have learned nutrition in training, I have learned to keep going when I thought I couldn't. Lou is the most amazing man I have ever met! His kindness towards his clients is above any I have ever seen. I have been training with Lou since May of this year and the strides and improvements I have made are unbelievable! I am a faster runner than I thought physically was ever possible; I am stronger than I thought physically possible; all because of Lou and his ability to train me individually, not a cookie-cutter trainer. My plans are individualized for what I want to become and I am on my way to becoming what I thought was an impossible dream. It is now a reality! I have my first half ironman in two weeks. What once was only a fleeting thought is now happening, all because of Lou and the care and wisdom he has shared with me. I do not know the words to say how thankful and appreciative I am to him, so I will say that he is not only the most amazing, caring man I know and extremely talented trainer, but he is a friend. I respect and admire Lou and think he is by far the BEST!!!!!!!!!! He has given me something that no one will ever be able to take away from me, and for that, I will be forever grateful."
-- Joanne C.
"My triathlon story starts seven years ago, in August 2003, with my first sprint triathlon. With an athletic background (although no sports involved with swimming, biking or distance running); triathlons seemed to be the perfect outlet for a competitive spirit and a healthy lifestyle. No matter that I started this new endeavor at the age of 46, it seemed like there was a place for me in this sport. One race lead to another and in a few years I had my race calendar filled with about 20 sprint races per year and I was becoming a familiar face on the podium stand.
I ventured into the longer distance races, Olympic and Half Ironman, with limited success and huge disappointments. I was becoming very discouraged since I was consistently ending up in the medical tent after each of my three half ironman distance races. In 2009, our training group did the New York City Triathlon (Olympic distance), and after the race, the group committed to IM Lake Placid in 2010. I had a good race in New York, and must have been caught at weak moment, so I committed to IMLP 2010. Luckily, two successful Ironman triathletes, Brandon and Diane had used Lou Cookson as a coach and raved about their results.
I had been referred to other coaches, but nobody had as much conviction about their coach as Brandon and Diane. I knew I had to get coaching help if I had any hope of completing a full Ironman. Six months before the race, I enlisted the help of Lou and started my personal journey to IMLP. I will never forget when Lou asked me my goal for IMLP and I replied "I just want to finish in a vertical position, with a smile on my face." I was immediately introduced to heart rate monitoring, structured swim workouts (my weakest event), structured weight training, stretching, nutrition planning and weekly training plans. I replaced the "weekend warrior workout mentality" with Lou's daily structured plan.
The first test of my training plan leading up to IMLP was the Disney Half Ironman. This race is known for its extremely hot run (Orlando in May), and the prior year I was whisked right to the medical tent after crossing the finish line. With Lou's training plan, race strategy, heart rate monitoring, and support, I set a PR at the race and crossed the finish line vertical and with a smile. This was my "light bulb" race and Lou finally got me to understand what endurance racing was all about. I was excited for IMLP almost three months away.
The next two months was a matter of religiously following Lou's training plan which became progressively harder, but not too taxing as to cause injury. Heading to Lake Placid, I felt confident since I had worked the plan and if Lou said I was ready, then I must be ready. Again, Lou gave me the perfect race strategy along with the coaching support up to the start of the race. The success can be seen in my finishing picture, which has me in a nice vertical position, with a huge smile on my face. Through it all, I know I could not do it without Lou's help, which went beyond just coaching. I knew he was there to support me the entire way. Now I am shooting for my next Ironman in 2011 at the young age of 55. I wonder what Lou will have in store for me then."
-- Larry A.
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