About this course

Basics of Training Program Design is focused around the core ideas and concepts that help build training plans in almost any sport. In this course we will discuss the cycles of building a training program, and how to set up proper goals for a season. For each concept, you will not only learn about it but also see an example training plan built for a hypothetical scenario. This course will not go into the detailed specifics of training zones, drills, or similar sport-specific training design items but it does provide the knowledge needed to step into more detailed training planning.

We strongly recommend taking this course prior to the Endurance Training Design course. This course will provide the essential foundational knowledge for more advanced training design.

This course is worth 1 NICA CEU.

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to the Basics of Training Program Design!

  • 02

    Measuring Training Intensity

    • Measures of Training Intensity Presentation

    • Endurance Training Tools

    • Training Tools Onesheet

    • Training Tools Quiz

  • 03

    Endurance Training Zones

    • Endurance Training Zones

    • Training Zones Presentation

    • Training Zones Onesheet

    • Training Zones Quiz

  • 04

    Analyzing athlete needs

    • XC Racer - Tools and Zones Application

    • Adventure rider - Tools and Zones Application

    • Application Onesheet

    • Application Quiz

  • 05

    Final Exam

    • Recommendations for the exam

    • Final Exam

  • 06

    End of Course Evaluation

    • You are almost done!

    • End of Course Evaluation

Course Instructor

An avid mountain biker, and former racer, Tim spends much of his leisure time on the trails around Boise, ID. Tim is an Exercise Physiologist who teaches at Boise State University and the College of Western Idaho. In addition to teaching, he also works for the US Speedskating National Olympic team as the Head of Training Sciences in their Sports Science Commission, as well as co-running Coeus Education Systems. Tim is a NICA Level 3 coach, and the assistant head coach with the Boise Brave cycling team. With over a decade of experience in the field, you can find Tim teaching any of the courses available in the Coeus Performance Track.


Co-founder, Performance Professor