Training Programs

San Jose FIT members are just like you. Most get involved because they know it’s time to finally get in shape, and for many, that means doing something really different in their lives. They know they have to challenge themselves to step beyond the status quo, because without some accountability and guidance, their efforts might fall flat. Some of our participants are new to running, while others have been doing this for quite some time. But no matter what the individual stories, all share one goal: to get fit and have fun doing it.

Running Programs (Blue/Green, Yellow, Red, and Half Marathon groups):

San Jose FIT’s runners form the backbone of our membership. Whether preparing for the full or the half marathon distance, runners all receive weekly educational seminars, a schedule specifically designed for their ability level, an online support forum, and more.

At the start of each season, trainees will participate in time trials to determine the placement that best matches their ability. All participants will run two miles the first week, and we’ll advance up to 21 miles by the 24th week of training. All long runs (and occasional speed work) will be done alongside members of your pace group, so no one trains alone.

The program’s general format is as follows:

  • Before each Saturday run, members will come together for the week’s announcements and to hear an educational seminar on key training topics designed to prepare runners for the rigors of this endurance sport.
  • Members participate in an organized training run each Saturday morning with runners of similar training paces. Each pace group is designated by a color: Blue/Green, Yellow, Red, or Half Marathon.
  • Weekend runs will be followed by a brief discussion about the day’s workout and instructions for the coming week.
  • Members adhere to a schedule of mid-week training runs. Those runs are built with busy lifestyles in mind, so they keep members moving toward their goals while requiring only a moderate amount of time on the road.
  • Weekly speed training sessions may be available once the group has built a sufficient training base to handle it safely and comfortably.

Walking Program (Purple group)

Walkers comprise an enthusiastic and growing segment of San Jose FIT. This group is specifically designed for people walking a 13:45 or greater pace, but the goal is the same: to help you push your personal boundaries and achieve your performance and speed goals in an encouraging, safe environment.

Walkers receive all the same benefits as runners. All athletes meet on Saturday, and as with the runners, walkers start at two miles and progress through an increasingly rigorous schedule each week until the season’s ending taper. Everyone receives the same excellent ability-based coaching, weekly educational seminars, mid-week support, and more.

Optional Training

San Jose Fit offers additional training mid-season for those wishing to run together and get a bit of an extra workout in.

Hill Runs

6:30pm Monday hill runs start midway through the training season and continue until late September on Mondays. Hill runs help strengthen legs, increase endurance, and are just plain fun. San Jose fit meets near the bathrooms at beautiful Rancho San Antonio:

22500 Cristo Rey Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014

Both experienced hill runners and new hill runners are welcome. Hill runs are divided into larger pace ranges than typical weekend runs and groups gather at all junctions to ensure nobody is left behind. Those new to hill runs are encouraged to go with a group slower than their typical weekend pace group. Some may find that they enjoy running at that pace, but some may find that they are extremely strong on the hills and move up to faster pace groups. Some runners are stronger on the hills than their weekend pace coach!

Hill runs are included in your San Jose Fit membership at no additional charge. Many members say that Rancho Runs are their favorite aspect of San Jose Fit training, so please come out and try it! Announcements on when hill runs start will be made in the Fit News.

Speed Training

Wednesday track workouts start June 14, 2017 and ends September 27, 2017. This speed training program helps improve speed and provides an additional overall body workout. You won’t be simply running around the track when you follow this program! Even first time marathoners can benefit from this rigorous workout and commiserate with their fellow runners. Many returning runners find their pace has improved significantly after adding track workouts to their routine.

The location for 2017  has not yet been confirmed. Stay tuned for more information the Fit News when it begins.

Track is included in your San Jose Fit membership at no extra cost. Come to take full advantage of the training provided and meet up to keep motivated and motivate others one more time during the week.

Core Program

Core class has been part of USA Fit San Jose for many years.  Core strength is critically important for us all, especially for runners and walkers doing long distances.  Master Chi Running Instructor and long-time San Jose Fit coach and runner, Aracely Areas will lead this optional class that will make you stronger for running/walking or just getting through your daily life on the run!  Core class will be held on Tuesdays from May 9  through August 29 at 6:30 p.m. Sports Basement, Sunnyvale. Open to the first 40 registered so register early.

Advanced Training Program Lite

The Advanced Training Program (ATP) Lite schedule was created utilizing the very latest scientific research in an effort to produce a schedule that would create the most effective program possible for marathoners. The core training philosophy embodied in this schedule emphasizes quality over quantity, because research has shown this to be the most effective way to train.  The schedule contains a strong backbone – a progression through general, special, specific, and explosive strength training and an intense focus on the demands of marathon running. It attempts to create the largest possible improvements in vVO2max, lactate-threshold running speed, and running economy, as well as running-specific strength and form. These improvements are sought because they are the factors that best conform to success in marathon running. This is a strenuous schedule if done correctly.

The ATP LITE program is 20 weeks long. Starting on May 17, 2017 and continuing until September 27, 2017, the ATP runners meet every Wednesday in San Jose location to be announced later. Each session starts with the ATP warm-up, continues with exercises and interval runs, and ends with a cool-down and stretching. A yoga mat and a pair of 10 lb dumbbells are recommended.

This is a strenuous schedule if done correctly. It is assumed that the “advanced” runner has been training regularly before they start the training and run about 30 miles per week without much trouble. Be aware of your body and how you are feeling. Always seek the help of a coach if you have questions or are having trouble with any part of the schedule, and seek the advice of a medical professional for serious or non-healing aches, pains and injuries.

To register, select the ATP LITE program when registering to San Jose Fit. The class is offered to returning fitters, at all paces, and is limited to 25 runners. If you have any questions please contact Arnon.