Take the Guesswork Out of Training with the XC Training System (XCTS).
Together we can get your athletes fit and take your program to the next level.XC Training System (XCTS)
"The XC Training System has been a game changer for my team and me."
- Liz Schafer
"The XC Training System is so incredibly generous. "Generous" is the first word I thought of when I examined the system."
- John O'Malley
Check out the XC Training System in this concise video.
There’s no reason it should take you years to make your program one of your state’s best. While I can’t help you with the challenging work of recruiting talent, I can take the guesswork of training and help you learn a system that works in any environment, one you can own over the coming years.
XC Training System (XCTS) course includes:
24 Weeks of Training
Daily workouts for athletes of all levels, from your upperclassman to the athletes with "no prior training." You'll have everything you need from the first day in June through November and December.
Pre- and Post-Run Training
Detailed pre- and post-run routines that match the intensity of the workout. A video library of each is included and accessible through the app.
"Coaching the Coach"
I answer questions regularly throughout the season, helping you implement the training. I'll host regular webinars to answer questions about the training, plus questions answered with each video module.
Plans for All of Your Athletes
Daily plans for athletes ranging from "no prior training" up to athletes that will run 90+ min long runs. Kids stay injury-free with these progressive plans.
You'll get several warm-ups routines in the XCTS. You'll get the main warm-up, plus warm-ups for meets.
XCTS on Your Phone
Every video in the XCTS can be viewed on your phone. Training videos, explanations of workouts, and webinar recordings can be consumed anywhere.
Lifetime Access to the XCTS
Lifetime access means there’s no end date to your access to the content. Once you enroll, you have access to the training plans, the videos, the pre- and post-run videos, as well as all of the webinar recordings indefinitely. The XCTS is updated every season, and you can join the webinars each season to ask your question.
Is your program where you want it to be? If not, ask yourself these three questions:
- Do I have an optimal training plan for my athletes that I’m confident will lead to them running to their potential?
- Do I fully understand how to integrate pre- and post-run work into a session?
- Am I making the right adjustments during the season to help athletes run fast and get my team to the next level?
If your program isn't where you think it can be, then 2023 is the time to take it to the next level.
Praise for the XCTS from John O'Malley
The XC Training System is so incredibly generous."Generous" is the first word I thought of when I examined this system.
Jay shares the result of 30 years in the sport as a competitive runner, professional coach, collegiate coach, high school coach, someone who lives in the world of coaching development as clinician, host of Boulder Running clinics and camps, author and podcast host.
He's sharing his wisdom that is the result of endless hours of work. For that, Jay will be on the journey of your season with you. You are getting a mentor. And he's sharing brilliant, sound training that is easily executed.
Put another way, you get a very functional method of day-to-day coaching that is the product of endless time in the nuance and sophistication of everything related to training and coaching. For a young coach, this is a must. For a more experienced coach like me (year 20), it's endlessly valuable in essentially being a collaboration with a master.
At the end of every season, I have a thought in my head; "Have I done enough? I'd do anything to ensure a positive, enriching conclusion to our season." XC Training System is the most efficient way to ensure a positive conclusion where you and your athletes can look at each other with a sense of appreciation and accomplishment for the journey you just took.
And Jay will be there with you. This is too generous of Jay, to be honest. He's much too humble to realize it, but this system and his willingness to answer your questions and thoughts throughout the season represents tens of thousands of hours of effort.
I've often considered how much I would love to take a sabbatical from coaching for a season and study and shadow a master coach. This system offers the best realistic form of that idea: to get the insight of the master coach FOR your athletes. I can't recommend this enough.
The Best Coaches Do This
The best coaches have spent years devising and refining a training plan that works for them. Patient trial and error, with good note keeping and logical adjustments, result in a useful system.
But there’s a better way. I can speed up this process and help you and your program make a jump this summer, rather than several seasons from now. Plus, a great cross country season will propel your program to a fantastic outdoor track season.
Coach Jay's knowledge of the body and how it performs best leads to his incredible ability to turn a runner into a finely-tuned machine.
His track and strength workouts led me to a national title at the US Cross Country Championships.
- Brent Vaughn, former Nike and University of Colorado Runner
A system that works in any environment
I’ve coached for more than two decades, including three USATF champions (including cross country) and multiple Olympic Trials qualifiers. I’ve written dozens of training plans for high school athletes and coaches. As a result, I have a system that will work in any environment. Once you learn the system, you can make minor adjustments to optimize the training for you. I’ll share all the details of my system, with volumes and intensities appropriate for high school athletes of varying training ages.
The XC System (XCTS)
If you join me this Summer for my XCTS course, you’ll get access to:
- Multiple training plans for all levels of athletes
- A video library of all pre- and post-run routines you can watch on your phone at the track
- Videos explaining the rationale behind each workout
- Videos explaining the rationale behind each phase of training
- Monthly webinars from June through December to answer questions about the training (all webinars will be recorded)
- Priority email support from Jay throughout the summer and fall
- Articles and video updates throughout the season to help you implement the training
A bit about me
I’ve coached high school, collegiate, and professional runners for more than two decades, including three USATF champions in cross country, indoor track, and road racing. I studied kinesiology and applied physiology at the University of Colorado, where I was a member of the varsity cross country team featured in Chris Lear's cult-classic Running with the Buffaloes. I earned my M.S. in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from CU in 2000. I ran modest PRs of 3:49.5/1,500m, 8:20/3,000m, 14:20/5,000m and 30:15/10,000m.
I’ve written two books. Consistency Is Key: 15 Ways to Unlock Your Potential as a High School Runner was published in June 2020 and has sold over 12,000 copies. Simple Marathon Training: The Right Training for Busy Adults with Hectic Lives has helped hundreds of runners toe the starting line injury-free and ready to PR.
I‘ve written for brands such as Nike, sites like PodiumRunner.com, and magazines including the much beloved but defunct Running Times. I’ve been quoted in several publications, including Wired, Outside, and Runner's World.
I post videos weekly on my YouTube channel, which has over 2.5 million views. I post on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok each week.
Here’s how we’ll work together to help athletes run fast this fall
- You’ll enroll in the XCTS and get immediate access to all training videos, training documents, plus the pre- and post-run videos.
- You’ll start with the quick-start video explaining how to use the Kajabi app. You can watch these videos on any device.
- Then you’ll watch videos (some as short as two minutes, others 20+ minutes) before assigning your athletes the training. You've got to understand the system before you can implement the system!
- Next, you’ll study the Phase 1 training videos and training documents. Phase 1 starts the first week the athletes train and ends when official state-sanctioned practice starts in late July or August.
- You'll add the webinar dates and times to your calendar. All webinars are recorded and if you can’t make it live, you can still ask questions in the app that Jay will answer during the webinar.
- You can also ask questions in the section for each video and training document. Jay will answer those via video and text, depending on the best way to communicate/teach.
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Praise for the Track Training System (TTS)
"One of the best decisions I've made as a coach is reaching out to Jay about the Track Training System."
One of the best decisions I’ve made as a coach in the past six years is reaching out to Jay about TTS.
As a coach of both middle school & high school teams and a busy mom of two teenage boys, TTS has given me the ability to focus on coaching my athletes without struggling to write training plans.
TTS is well thought out, easily executed and every single one of my high school athletes has improved with this training system.
As an athlete myself, I have always believed in the importance of trusting your coach, having faith in the training plan and understanding how the plan works.
Jay’s webinars have assisted me in explaining the hows & whys behind every aspect of TTS. They are having fun, running injury free, showing up for practices consistently and creating a great foundation for the future of our program!
Thank you, Jay, for sharing your expertise, experience, enthusiasm and passion for the sport! I can’t wait for XCTS!!!
Jennifer Found, AR
"Kids PR'd and remained healthy throughout the season."
I decided to use the TTS this winter/spring for a few of my runners with events ranging from 800-3200m.
We went 100% on PR's for all athletes that followed the TTS closely throughout the season. Top 3 boys were 9:36, 9:38, 9:42 in the 3200m, as well as 4:27, 4:29, 4:35 in the 1600m.
The two big takeaways for me are that the kids PR'd and remained healthy throughout the season. As a result they are fired up about the fall XC season!
Chance Edwards, TX