Carmichael Training Systems – New Digs In 2016


Chris Carmichael and Carmichael Training Systems coaches have helped thousands of career professionals, working parents and professional athletes reach their fitness and performance goals.

Between 2006 and 2010, CTS more than doubled its training camp and performance testing offerings, and expanded from its corporate headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., to training centers in the premier outdoor sports destinations of Brevard, N.C., and Tucson, Ariz. These locally-based coaching and performance centers make the world-class expertise, hands-on coaching and performance testing provided in Colorado Springs available closer to home.

CTS recently moved from their downtown location to the entrance of Pisgah National Forest. The trainers have formed a partnership with the owners of The Hub and Pisgah Tavern and their new office is in the same building. CTS will now offer guided rides as well as their custom coaching packages at the entrance to some of the best mountain biking in the country.

Tristan Cowie is an expert level coach and Brevard College graduate. He believes the guided rides will be great for their new office.

“It will allow us to offer the complete package of training, coaching, and supported rides. We’ll have both mountain bike and road cycling packages led by a certified guide in both skill instruction and Wilderness First Responding. Any size or skill level is welcome. From large groups just finding flow on the swooping trails in DuPont or a band of brothers seeking technical trails in Pisgah, we can build a trip to suit your needs,” said Cowie.

CTS offers four primary camps a year, each of them lasting four to seven days, and the Brevard cycling camp focuses on climbing techniques and form on the road bike. Riders learn key techniques that help athletes of all sizes and shapes excel when the road turns upward. And since what goes up must come down, the coaches will also help riders develop the confidence and skills needed to descend quickly, safely and efficiently.

Their camps include a CTS Field Test and review of test data with the coaching staff to determine a rider’s most efficient climbing pace.

The rest of the time will include longer endurance rides focusing on climbing. “Our other camps are custom camps, like the guided tours with a coaching twist to it. Our clients design the camps around what they want from a coaching session, from techniques and proper form to descending skills on the mountain bike,” said head coach Colin Izzard.

Izzard said that he hosts hundreds of these individual camps year round. CTS coaches undergo an exclusive and ongoing education and evaluation process that is unmatched in the industry. Training plans are hand built to integrate seamlessly into different lifestyles, and coaches are always responsive to rapid changes that life brings. CTS coaches also utilize the most advanced tools available to analyze, monitor and track your progression.

Nutrition is a large part of performance based coaching at CTS, and to help athletes reach their potential, clients can receive a comprehensive nutrition analysis customized to each person’s lifestyle, fitness and performance goals. Coaches work with athletes to determine their current eating habits, and recommend tweaks that will benefit them based on what they are trying to achieve.

For more information about CTS and their friendly staff in Brevard, stop by their office in The Hub at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest or give them a call at (828) 378-0152.


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