Training Programs

When someone completes their first marathon or half marathon, the experience is so powerful that they carry it with them for the rest of their lives. The physical and psychological benefits gained from this intensive training are truly remarkable. Here at San Jose Fit, our goal is to safely bring these benefits to as many people as possible, including couch potatoes, Boston-qualifying athletes, and everybody in between.

The program is simple, but powerful. Over 26 weeks, through safe and steady coaching, members progress from little or no running base to race condition. Members follow our carefully developed training schedule during the week, then on the weekends, the entire group meets for ability-based long runs. These group meetings are great for lots of reasons. First, they’re a good chance to share the challenges and joys of training with others who are going through the same thing. Second, the weekly group meetings are important because members receive educational seminars on running or walking-specific topics that round out their training with essential practical and strategic information. Our emphasis is on safety and achievement, and we find that often, these meetings represent the beginning of many lifelong friendships. We hope you’ll join us

Our Running Programs

USA FIT San Jose's runners form the backbone of our membership. 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 12 miles by the 14th 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.
  • 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.

Our Walking Program

Walkers comprise an enthusiastic and growing segment of USA FIT San Jose. This group is specifically designed for people walking a 13:45 or greater pace, or have never run before, 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 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

USA Fit San Jose 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. USA Fit San Jose 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 USA Fit San Jose membership at no additional charge. Many members say that Rancho Runs are their favorite aspect of USA Fit San Jose training, so please come out and try it!

Please take care to review trail safety regarding mountain lions at Rancho HERE.

Hill walks/runs at Rancho San Antonio:  Coach Eric Lacher and Coach Georgiana Boewer

  • Where:  Rancho San Antonio Park, 22500 Cristo Rey Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014 (Link to video about how to get there HERE)
    • Meet at the restrooms in the lower parking lot
  • When:  Mondays starting July 12 through September 27 - yep we were granted an extension, feeling so blessed!
  • Run/walk starts at 6:30 p.m.; August 23 we will start at 6 p.m.
  • Meet:  At the restrooms in the lower parking lot at Rancho San Antonio OSP
  • Map:   Video on how to get there

PLEASE BRING HYDRATION!
In Case of Emergency call emergency dispatch number for Midpen Rangers at 650-968-4411.  This number is for emergency use only.  Please add this number your cell phones to report any need for emergency services while at Ranch San Antonio or any other Midpeninsula Open Spaces.

Please Note: We will be running /walking rain or shine.

Speed Training

San Jose Fit Track:  Coach Mark Thibert

  • Date:  Wednesdays beginning July 14 through October 27, 2021
  • Time:  6:30 p.m. after Labor Day, track starts at 6 p.m.
  • Meet:  Saratoga High School, 20300 Herriman Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
  • What to bring:  Hydration, watch

Please Note: We will be running /walking rain or shine.
The SJFit Track Program is included in the SJFit training program (no additional charge), but it is completely optional to participate.
The track workouts consist of high-intensity running intervals, supplemented with agility, strength, and flexibility activities.. Bring a watch with a seconds timer to the workouts (required)!

Core Program

A strong core, from your shoulders to your hips, will improve your athletic performance, help prevent back pain and help strengthen your abs. This 60-minute class incorporates strength exercises to challenge areas from your glutes to your shoulders, helping to increase stability, functional fitness, and better walking/running posture.

As you develop core strength, your muscles become more flexible, stronger and tighter. You’ll also notice improved breathing and posture. Core class has been part of USA Fit San Jose for many years and is especially important for runners and walkers who want to run short or long distances, increase their speed, and/or maintain their stamina, while avoiding potential injuries.

We are excited to announce that Fernanda Perdomo-Arciniegas, who joined San Jose Fit in 2018 (just last year!) and found the training and people incredibly inspiring and supportive, will be your core coach this year! Fernanda never considered herself a runner but with the help of San Jose Fit, she has ran over 20 races in the last 15 months, including 9 half-marathons and two marathons! Throughout this process, she has listened to the advise of her coaches and created her own core routine to tackle her knee and hip pain. She will be sharing this routine with all of you and her passion to make you the strongest walker/runner possible! Fernanda says that if she was able to ran all those races, YOU CAN do it too!

  • Sports Basement in Campbell, Pruneyard Shopping Center, 1875 S Bascom Ave Suite 240, Campbell, CA 95008
  • Meet in the large meeting room at the front of the store to the right or ZOOM  (Fernanda will email the zoom link before September 13)
  • Monday's, September 13 - November 15, 6:00-7:00 p.m.  (Day of week changed from Thursday's to Monday's)
    • ​PLEASE NOTE: NOVEMBER 8 WILL BE A ZOOM CLASS ONLY
  • What to bring:  Yoga mat, two hand weights (1 to 5 pounds each), water, jump rope and hand towel
  • Questions? Email Coach Fernanda at fernanda@usafitsanjose.com

Advanced Training Program

The Advanced Training Program (ATP) is a one of a kind, highly effective program designed by Dr. Owen Anderson, one of the foremost coaches and researchers in the field of running.  It is a high-intensity circuit training program that incorporates (1) special warm ups, (2) general running strength, (3) special strength training exercises, (4) core strengthening, and (5) explosive running training. Each class ends with cool down and stretching.

  • Designed to create the largest-possible improvements in VO2 max, lactate-threshold running speed, and running economy, as well as running-specific strength and power
  • Targeted training for more experienced half and full marathoners, or less-experienced marathoners interested in making large improvements in their performance

To register, the experienced runner has to be training regularly and run about 25 miles per week or more and completed a marathon.

NOTE: this is a strenuous training program.

ATP Lite:  (open to those who have registered for ATP, led by Coach Arnon and Coach Lara)

  • NEW LOCATION: TBD
  • Wednesdays beginning August 4 through November 17, 2021, 6:00 p.m.
  • What to bring:  Yoga mat, two hand weights (5-10 pounds each), water.
  • Questions? Email Coach Arnon at arnon@sanjosefit.com or Coach Lara lara@sanjosefit.com

Please Note: We will be running /walking rain or shine.