Wenzel Coaching: A Tradition of Science and Experience
Wenzel Coaching was founded in 1994 and is based out of Portland, Oregon and Walnut Creek, California. The company and coaches are led by physiologist and Head Coach Scott Saifer (CEO) and former professional racer and Head Coach Kendra Wenzel. An original coaching staff of three has grown to over 45 coaches and experts in the US, Canada and Europe. Wenzel Coaches coach and advise a combined total of over 1700 athletes in training programs and consultation and numerous additional athletes through clinics and camps.
Wenzel Coaching is founded on the belief that it takes both exercise science and experience to build successful training programs. Our company and coaches aim to provide complete personal coaching for the needs of each individual athlete. Wenzel coaches and management are proud to provide top level coaching and customer service at affordable prices. We combine the expertise of professional coaches, racers, physiologists, psychologists, and specialists in coaching all levels of cyclists, triathletes, runners and combination athletes.
For more information and pricing, contact [email protected]. We specialize in individual programs, but we are also organized to coach entire clubs.
4726 SE Salmon St
Portland, OR 97215
Training and Coaching Philosophy
We believe in responsible coaching practices that center around sustainable athletic development and the teaching of athletes to self-monitor their bodies. We guide our athletes in identifying realistic goals and expectations for themselves while encouraging them to seek and accept challenge. We emphasize that the coach-athlete relationship is primarily a personal relationship and that the written training plan is less valuable without the interaction between the coach and athlete.
We provide training programs that are based both on experience and science, using our own experiences; that learned from our European peers; and the tested knowledge of exercise science. We have access through our contacts and our own coaches to the latest in cycling and other athletic performance research and we take every opportunity to take advantage of that knowledge as long as it fits realistically into the world of training to perform, and not just training to get higher test results.
We are not as narrowly science-focused as some of the other training programs available, choosing instead to operate and market ourselves as a complete coaching program. For instance, we refuse to overlook the components of cycling “the game” for cycling “the physiology project,” remembering that we are coaching cyclists to race or achieve their specific riding goals, not just to score higher on strength and lactic threshold tests. Heart rate monitoring, gearing, cadence, and perceived effort are used primarily as our training directives. Power-based training using wattage measuring devices can also be used with our Custom programs and will likely be used in our other level programs when the technology for measuring power becomes widely affordable and reliable.
Specifically, all of our programs focus on laying down a base of conditioning and fitness for all the other training to stand on. Wenzel Coaching programs are not entertainment-oriented programs with varied exercises strictly for the sake of variety. Each exercise serves a performance related purpose and improved performance is the true measure of success. For that reason we always interview clients about their short and long term goals and try to best persuade them to do their homework, the base, before piling on intervals and other intensity, no matter when they join the program. Cross training and strength training through weights are also components of our programs.
The coaches who make up the Wenzel Coaching network vary in the time they invest in coaching and the sports and levels that they coach, but not in their commitment to staying informed, delivering excellent advice, being responsive to the needs of their clients and working as a team to pursue their own goals as well as those of the organization. We will support coaches in the pursuit of their avocation at whatever level they desire from part time with just a few clients, to full time as a primary income source, as long as they deliver quality service to the athlete-clients.
Wenzel Coaching Anti-Doping Policy
Wenzel Coaching deplores the use of banned substances. We do not advocate nor condone their use and refuse to do business with any athlete who uses banned substances or any coach who encourages their use. If a client tests positive we will immediately end the coaching relationship with no refund.