Wenzel Coaching: A Tradition of Science and Experience

WC_20_Annv_Logo_BW-paperWenzel Coaching was founded in 1994 to provide quality cycling coach services to athletes of all abilities and budgets. 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 40 coaches and experts in the US and Canada, and we’ve added triathlon coaching to our services. Wenzel Coaches have coached and advised a combined total of over 2000 athletes in training programs and consultation, and numerous additional athletes through clinics and camps.

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Wenzel Coaching is founded on the belief that it takes exercise science, experience and unparalleled customer service to help our customers reach their goals. 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 and combination athletes.

For more information and pricing, contact info@www.wenzelcoaching.com. We specialize in individual programs and can also coach entire clubs.

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Wenzel Coaching
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 and minds. We guide our athletes in identifying realistic goals and expectations while encouraging them to seek and accept challenge. We believe that the coach-athlete relationship is a personal one, a partnership, and that the written training plan is greatly enhanced by the interaction between the coach and athlete.

We provide training programs based both on experience and science, using our own experiences; lessons from our international peers; and the tested knowledge of exercise science. Our contacts and coaches provide access to the latest in cycling and other athletic performance research. We utilize that knowledge wherever it fits realistically into the world of training to perform, and not just training for test results.

We are not as narrowly science-focused as some of other coaching companies, choosing instead to offer complete coaching programs. For instance, we refuse to overlook the components of cycling “the game” for cycling “the physiology project,” remembering that we are coaching athletes to race or achieve their specific event goals, not just to score higher on strength or lactate threshold tests. Heart rate, wattage, gearing, cadence, and perceived effort can be used in training prescription and review. We are proud to be able to help athletes progress towards their goals with or without the use of power meters.

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. Improved performance is the true measure of success. We always interview clients about their short and long term goals and try to persuade them to do their homework, the base, before performing intervals and other intensity. This is true no matter when they join the program. Cross training and strength training in the weight room are also frequent components of our programs.

Each Wenzel Coach and client has the support of the entire Wenzel Coaching team. 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, and being responsive to the needs of their clients.


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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.