“Everyone ran their best at the end of the season”

The testing by Shannon Grady helped us establish individualized training plans for each runner on our team.
Instead of guessing, we knew based on the test results, what each runner needed to work on and how they should go about working on it. We found this information especially useful on workout and recovery days. By using the testing information and having our athletes wear heart rate monitors, we knew they were in the right training zones and we knew they were not over working on the recovery days.  The result was that everyone ran their best at the end of the season.

Steve Shaklee

Head Track and Cross Country Coach, Cherokee High School


“Shannon is an expert in the application of Exercise Physiology”

Since 1999, Shannon has provided pertinent testing and data that has helped in the development of optimal training programs for my athletes.
Shannon is an expert in the application of Exercise Physiology and lactate testing for training and competition.  Physiological  testing allows each athlete to get the most out of their abilities.

JJ Clark

Head Women’s Cross Country and Track coach, University of Connecticut and 2008 Olympic Team Coach


“Shannon opened my eyes to a new way of training

“Shannon opened my eyes to a new way of training. Thanks to her experience and knowledge, finishing Ironman Lake placid went from a dream to a reality. I can’t imagine training for a race without her. She takes the stress out of training and makes it fun!”

Anna Hawkins

West Chester, PA

“I recommend working with Shannon if your current results are not matching your efforts”

What led me to blood lactate testing with Shannon Grady was my desire to do it better.  At the end of each championship season, despite many successes, an incomplete feeling always persisted.  I was searching for answers about how to further develop a 2:08/56.97 freshman girl and why two athletes can do the same workout and get two different responses.

In my 9 years of coaching high school cross-country and track I have always relied on my intuition and wisdom plus the coach’s education I’ve completed to lead us to our great results.  But the feeling that there was another level to our efforts persisted despite a trip to NXN, a win in the Penn Relays COA DMR, 7 sub 4:20 milers and 19 sub-10 2-milers.

Shannon challenged me to see things differently, to see them more simply, and to be more sequential in my training.  The blood lactate testing revealed the strengths of each athletes energy systems and gave me a glimpse into the fitness trends of our program.  Having a greater understanding of who each athlete has provided us with a concrete answer to why we were or weren’t racing to our potential.  After implementing the strategies uncovered from the blood lactate testing our athletes were more prepared to achieve during the championship season.

Additionally, this process has provided me with great growth as a coach.  I now have greater understanding and appreciation of how to apply recovery efforts and off days, a deeper understanding of how to value each run, and a systematic way to properly plan a season for specific event groups.

I recommend working with Shannon if your current results are not matching your efforts or expectations, or if you’re interested in learning more about the sport.

Rob Hewitt

Head Track and Cross Country, Germantown Friends School


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