Why He’s Your Best Choice!
Coach Al Lyman, CSCS, FMS, HKC — Coach Al is the owner/founder of Pursuit Fitness, LLC, a nationally recognized coaching company for endurance athletes, where he has been coaching athletes of all ability levels from novice to elite, since 1999. He is also the coach of the reigning 45-49 Age-Group Ironman World Champion and course record holder, Lisbeth Kenyon.
Besides being certified by USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS), USA Weightlifting, the American Swim Coaches Association, and the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research, Coach Al is a certified Functional Movement Screen provider (FMS), and is certified in clinical gait analysis by Medical Motion, a subsidiary of Sports Motion, Inc.
As an athlete, Coach Al is a 25-time marathon finisher with a personal best of 2:39 at the Boston Marathon, and a nine-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, including three finishes at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
Coach Al’s theories and beliefs about the best ways to train for endurance sports, developed through practical experience over 25 years as an athlete and researcher, have always been cutting-edge and often considered “out of the box” thinking.
His approach to coaching revolves around a more holistic, balanced approach that includes Yoga, flexibility and mobility training, and smart functional strength training. Most importantly, he advocates a balanced approach that blends training and racing goals within the context of the “triangle of life,” which is family, work, and sport.
This approach also led him to develop his now widely acclaimed running-specific functional and core training program, Runner-CORE, which is now being used by hundreds of runners and triathletes worldwide with great success!
Hear from Coach Al on His Mission & Philosophy
Mission: To help and inspire people of all ages and from every walk of life, to achieve their dreams and goals through their participation in endurance sports.
Coaching Philosophy: “I want to be the very best coach that I can be for every person I work with, and I will work as hard as humanly possible to achieve that end. I strive to develop a close relationship with every person I coach or come into contact with because I sincerely care about their success. There’s nothing more enjoyable to me than helping others achieve their life goals and dreams through their participation in endurance sports!”, says Coach.
“I know through experience that there are no shortcuts or easy paths to achieving your goals. What is needed is a sound training program which is based on scientific principles and practical experience and works within the context of one’s own life circumstances, as well as determination and desire to never give up, a deep belief in ourselves and our ability to be successful, and a coach who truly cares! If you are willing to work hard, be consistent, and not give up, then I want to help you by merging the scientific and practical for optimal results.”
“Give me a chance to help you, and I guarantee you will look back and say it was one of the best decisions you ever made.”
Coach Al, The Athlete
Coach Al has competed in hundreds of races over his career as an endurance athlete and is a 25-time marathon finisher with a Personal Best of 2:39 at the Boston Marathon, as well as being a 9-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, including having qualified for and finished 3-times at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. His other Personal Bests range from 16:30 for 5K, to 7 hours 19 minutes for a 50 mile run, and 4 hours 29 minutes for the Half Ironman/70.3 distance.
Though his racing resume contains many notable achievements, Coach Al considers himself to be a true “everyday” endurance athlete.
In fact, he has overcome many of the same obstacles and challenges as many others who strive every day to achieve their dreams and goals. For example, as a boy he experienced a near drowning experience so severe that he needed to be resuscitated, and from the time he was 10 until he was 36, he was deathly afraid of the water. Despite this, while watching the 1995 Hawaii Ironman on TV with his young daughter, he turned and yelled to her that he was “going to do the ironman!”
That day, he began a journey to overcome his fears and learn how to swim. He believes this journey is the single most difficult and empowering experience he’s ever had, and THE reason why he was drawn to coaching. Coach Al wants to inspire and motivate every person he comes into contact with as a coach, to reach up and aspire to their most powerful dreams and goals!
Coach Al on Giving Back
“I believe that it is important to give back to the community, and I do so through my multisport lifestyle with an endowment fund that I established in the year 2000 within the Community Foundation of the Tri-County Area, aptly called The Pursuit Fitness Children’s Fund.”, states Coach Al.
Formerly known as the “Ironman Children’s Fund,” it remains an owner-advised fund within the larger “Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut.” The purpose of the fund is to serve the needs of disabled and disadvantaged children in eastern Connecticut.
A recent example of how the fund reached out was a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Connecticut, to support the creation of a Healthy Habits Program for the Club.