Who is Renato Canova?

Much of my coaching philosophy has been shaped by Italian Coach, Renato Canova.  Renato influenced me significantly for a few reasons.

  • First, he is an amazing coach of the top athletes in the world (a lot of the top Kenyans).
  • Secondly, he has spirit of belief in people and in the fact that proper training can make good athletes great athletes.
  • Thirdly, and maybe most impressive, is very willing to help anyone with their training. I think this is a quality that I am trying to develop even better in my own coaching. He was willing to get up at 5:30am in the morning to meet me for a discussion on proper training when I was at the Super Distance Summit, where he was speaking, in 2010.

Renato knows that I have adopted his philosophy and is helping me refine my approach to training and coaching. In my opinion he is the greatest coach in the world!

What coaches or people have influenced you in your training?


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    I’m a master’s sprinter and have been for quite some time, as my times are becoming slower I have hopes of moving up to the 800m; I found a great article by Coach Canova on 400/800 training and it made sense to me, I will be giving it a try, he knows his stuff.

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