Charles Gary Hoffman

Charles Gary Hoffman


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Charlottesville, Virginia

PCG Elite Coach
USAC Level 2 Coach
NASM-Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist™, ENW
RKC™, Russian Kettlebell Certified, Dragon Door
AFAA Group Exercise Instructor
B.A., University of Virginia
MBA, Babson College

Coaching Focus: Road, Crit, Track, CX, International Athletes, Strength Training, Kettlebells, Sports Nutrition

Background

I have been an athlete and competitor my entire life. After lettered in 3 sports in High School, Rugby at UVA was my college sport until sidelined by a career-ending separated shoulder (twice). I started bike riding then racing; some initial success in regional bike racing led to a full time pursuit as an amateur cyclist for four years in the continental US and Canada. After I won the 110 mile Virginia State Road Championships I qualified for the USA Olympic Trials and raced the Red Zinger Stage Race, the USA Nationals Road Championships and other top road and stage race events. Then an off-season construction accident—resulting in a compressed vertebrae— ended my full time cycling career. After several years off the bike, (marriage and kids), I was ultimately able to return to competition racing as a Master 35+. I competed most years locally and regionally and most recently nationally and internationally.

My palmares include: over 70 wins and 20 state championships in road, criterium, track and cyclocross; two Silver medals at USA Masters Track 2017; Bronze medal at 2017 Masters Worlds; Bronze at Masters Road Race in 2016; and numerous top 10 finishes at US Masters Nationals and Worlds Championships. 

I became initially hooked on the potential of power training and racing after watching one of Hunter’s coached athletes go from towing the pack and getting swamped at the end of races, to riding away from the field then winning a US Masters National and a World Masters Road Championship. Impressed with what I saw first-hand, I started coaching with Peaks Coaching Group in 2008 after meeting Hunter Allen at a local power training workshop. Over the last 10 years of my coaching, I coached athletes to 10 national championship titles, on road and track, and scores of State, regional, local championships, podiums, top placings and category upgrades.


Coaching Philosophy

With good coaching, any athlete can and will improve. I have coached scores of athletes: from fitness enthusiasts who want to lose weight and improve body composition—to those who desire to better their personal best times in Grand-Fondo events—to serious top amateurs and professionals aiming to upgrade categories and win major titles. Working hard, but more importantly being accountable and working smart, will lead to improvement; communication between athlete and coach is essential. Goals must be realistically set, accessing and evaluating in terms of current strengths and weaknesses; then a custom plan is made designed to achieve those goals. Life events have a way of intervening in the best laid plans. As a coach, I help the athlete make necessary ongoing adjustments so that the athlete will continue to progress toward their goals. Proper training (and racing) should bring fulfillment and joy to the athlete; it should lower stress, not increase it! Life balance is a therefore a key philosophy.

Here are some of my core tenants of coaching: 
  • Athletic performance will improve utilizing a comprehensive approach: 
    1. Executing a consistent, specific and progressive training program, 
    2. Improving on-the-bike technique and racing strategy, 
    3. Mental training, 
    4. Excellent nutrition (including nutritional timing), 
    5. Proper rest
    6. Minimizing stress levels.
  • Everybody can improve their sprint. After years of insisting on the importance of maintaining a consistent (and ideally increasing) power and speed for 12 seconds in the final sprint (the length of the energy system ATP-PC), the concept of Fatigue Profile at PCG was born. Weekly Sprint practice—done properly—naturally recruits: fast twitch muscle fibers, testosterone and human growth hormones as well as prepares the muscles and the mind (neuromuscular programming) to execute what it takes during the race to close an important gap, or at the end of a race—to win! 
  • Strength training can be done year round and done explosively. Muscle mass loss that occurs each year over the age of 30 (Sarcopenia) can be offset, even reversed. As a Certified personal trainer and RKC™ Kettlebell instructor, I have designed a unique, efficient and effective strength system specifically for cyclists. My cycling coached athletes have benefited in strength and explosive power gains: utilizing my Kettlebell MAX™ dynamic strength training system, strength gains transfer to on the bike performance and results.
  • Race strategy and tactics can be effectively learned and applied. One of the best uses of power files is to analyze and review (coach and athlete together) what happened in a race, how to improve next time, but more importantly, how to modify training and mental composure, to improve race performance.
  • Sports nutrition and its’ timing are key to performance gains: we become what we eat and when we break down our muscle fibers in workout exercises, we have to feed them properly and timely to take advantage of our post workout nutritional “window”. For best results, we need to have daily macronutrient goals corresponding with our workouts, (Protein, Carbs and Fats, but in particular Protein targets)—steering away from junk foods, GMOs and other harmful toxins—towards organic grass-fed, wild caught, free range, highly nutritious foods. And…to stay hydrated.
Notable Achievements
  • Cyclist: 
    • 20 X Virginia State Champion, 70+ wins 
    • Road: 2016, 3rd USA Masters Nationals Road; 2017, 4th USA Masters Nationals Criterium 
    • Track: 2017, 2nd Team Pursuit World Masters; 2nd USA Masters Nationals Match Sprint and Team Pursuit; 
  • Kettlebell Lifting Sport™: 
    • 3 times 2016 IKLF Bolt Kettlebell USA National Champion
  • Coaching: 
    • Coached to 10 National Champions, road & track, USA and International
    • Coached to scores of wins: Local, Regional and State Championships; Personal Bests in Grand Fondos and timed events;
    • Substantial gains in FTP, other power metrics, and body composition
  • Developer of Kettlebell MAX™ Dynamic Strength Training System (2012)
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