I have never worked with the personal coach so I wasn’t sure what kind of relationship we would build. I may not have fun if the relationship is “strong teacher-student” because I have to follow the coach’s opinion and cannot make any decisions by myself. If the relationship is too friendly, I may not be able to trust him as a professional coach. I also doubt if the coach will bring me to my goal. Famous running clubs and coaches marketing is to usually give examples of athletes whom they coach and who achieved their goals, but I didn’t get these kinds of info about Harrisson before we started working together. There are so many minor doubts before we train together, such as “how often we can meet up”, “how will he give me feedbacks”, “does he understand female athletes problems”, “is he calm or always mad”, etc.
Before I started training with him, most of my obstacles and doubts had already disappeared. He first asked me so many questions to understand not only my goals but also my personality and my life plan. We deeply discussed the meaning to achieve the goals and helped clarify what I can and want to do. It was very important to me because this process actually affected on my career and identity. Once we started training, I've never doubted him. He always gives me professional opinion with no lies. He doesn’t ignore any small sign from me and always respect my opinion. He always put us in his shoes and motivates us and surrounds us with calm, charming, and very positive mood.
On top of that, he hasn’t retired from racing. He has been training for his target races and aiming to achieve his goals. He is learning  from his training and shares his experience timely.
I would definitely recommend him as a coach!! It is hard to find someone better than Harrisson.


今まで一度もパーソナルコーチとトレーニングをしたことが無かったので、その関係がどのようなものなのか不安に思っていました。もし、強い先生と生徒のような関係であれば、コーチの意見を聞いて従うことが絶対で、自分では何一つ決められなくなってしまうでしょう。反対に、あまりにもフレンドリーであれば、プロとして十分に尊敬・信頼することが難しいでしょう。また、パーソナルコーチとトレーニングをすることで、本当に自分の夢がかなうのかも不安に思いました。有名なランニングクラブやコーチは、よく「成功体験例」を広告していますが、Harrissonからはそういった話を聞いたことがありませんでした。これら以外にも、小さな不安や疑問はたくさんありました。例えば、どのくらいの頻度で会えるのか、どうやってフィードバックしてくれるのか、コーチは男性だけれども女性アスリートのことを理解しているのか、コーチは穏やかな性格なのか怒りっぽいのか、などです。

 コーチとトレーニングを始める前、すでに私の懸念や不安の多くは払拭されていました。彼はまず最初に数多くの質問をぶつけ、単にゴールを設定するだけではなく、私の性格や人生設計を理解してくれました。ゴールを達成することの意味を徹底的に話し合い、私が何をできる/やりたいかを明確にしてくれました。このプロセスは、私にとって非常に重要な意味を持ちました。なぜならば、ゴールを達成することとそのプロセスは、私のキャリアや個性にも大きな影響を与えたからです。パーソナルトレーニングを始めてから、コーチを疑ったことは一度もありません。コーチは決して嘘をつかず、常にプロフェッショナルな意見を述べてくれます。私が発する、どんな小さなサインも無視せず、私の考え方を尊重してくれます。どんな時も私たち弟子に寄り添い、穏やかで、チャーミングで、そして前向なムードで接してくれます。

 コーチがレースから引退していないことです。コーチ自身のターゲットレースに向けて研鑽し、目標を達成しようとしています。そして、自分自身のトレーニングから学んだことを、タイムリーに共有してくれます。ハリソン以上のコーチを見つけるのは不可能だと思います


by Rika H.
Dec 2019

 


Around 2015, I was quite keen to engage a coach for my running having been sold the idea from pro cycling. I started to look out for coaching services and my criteria were simple:
a. must be a runner himself/ herself
b. must understand nutrition
c. someone I can get along with

I knew Harrisson back in 2006 as we were from the same local running club but it wasn't until 2015 when I was looking out for a coach that I knew he had a coaching service - cos he didn't advertise! I decided to engage him based on my gut feel and also how his philosophy fitted with mine i.e. training, sleep and nutrition are of equally importance. He was upfront at that time highlighting that he had no qualifications yet but he was in the midst of completing them (coaching, nutrition and weight training). That itself was a non-issue for me but rather a positive news as that was the trinity that was important to me..

Logistically having a coach frees up the time to plan a training program. All I needed to do was simply to follow the program. I found it to be very time efficient as I do not have to read up to create a training program nor worry if the program is effective. This is now all outsourced to the coach and through the feedback mechanism the program is modified if necessary.  

Apart from the training programs, one of the other major impact to my life has been incorporating a 36 hours fast once a week. This started out as a fast-track to weight management but is now part of my weekly routine, having recognized the health benefits of fasting. I also suffered from tight hips due to desk-bound job and had an anterior pelvic tilt when running. This had  been discovered by the coach while filming my run and corrective exercises were prescribed and these issues are now gone. Added bonus - this had been verified by my long time acupuncturist. 

I would recommend Harrisson as the benefits are clear, verifiable and quantifiable. I had the highest ITRA score when under the coaching program and my 5km PB bettered the previous set 20 years ago. More importantly Harrisson understands the role that nutrition, recovery and strength training has to play. Perhaps above all, the importance of being injury-free!  

Coaching works both ways and is equal part science and art. The coach understands this. The trainee has to understand this as well and also learn how to listen to his/her own body to extract the maximum benefit out of the training program. Added bonus - one gets a mean box of macarons and cakes too on special occasions.
By Chih L.

Sep 2019

 

 

In mid 2013, I found myself in Japan and out of shape. In America I had always been in a gym or some sort of hobby/sport. In Japan, I questioned the quality of the instructors of said hobbies, and the gyms were far too expensive for my taste. I started running just to keep myself active. I hated it. I reached out to a running group for some motivation, and walked out with perhaps a bit too much. Everyone was applying for the Tokyo marathon and eventually, so did I. Unlike most people, I actually got in. Fast forward a few months into early 2014. Tokyo marathon complete, as well as Nagoya women’s marathon shortly after. I did what I set out to do, felt physically broken, and emotionally fell hard into the post marathon blues. I couldn’t train due to the physical toll on my body, so when I was ready to put my shoes on again, I felt that all the running training in my body was gone, I hated running, and I never wanted to hear the word marathon again. 

Sorry for the long intro. Enter Harrisson. I found Harrisson through the running group Namban Rengo in Tokyo, and found that he was doing some personal training. Although I said (and still sometime say) I hate running, it had kept me in slim and in shape. I decided to give coach Harrisson a try. I had never thought more of running but putting one foot in front of the other. Working with Harrisson put so many more dimensions to running than I could have imagined. I didn’t realize the depth and scientific detail of what went into each stride. Even if I never rarely ever saw coach, he was always there. If I felt pains, he would sense oncoming injuries and lead me through injury preventions measures. He inquired about my diet and sleep patterns. He was not just sending me workouts once a week, but he was constantly there if I had problems or if I had questions. He made himself available, and he listened. Feedback on the week was always important to him because he would consider this in formulating the following week’s schedule. Nowadays you can find workout routines pasted all over the internet. Having a coach is different. No matter how painful the workout, once you finish, you are glad you did it. Unfortunately left to our own devices, more often than not, we don’t start let alone finish. I took a few months off from training with SaiyanFit, telling myself I would still go for some easy runs to keep me in shape. No such luck. Having someone there believing in you, and putting their time and effort into your personal advancement is unparalleled. After a long day of internally arguing with myself not wanting to run, this is what gets my running shoes on. You set goals together and he is there to hold you accountable. Whether your goal is to fit back into those jeans, or finishing an ultra marathon (if you train with SaiyanFit the former may lead to the latter, you have been forewarned) he will take you seriously, and make you take yourself seriously. It’s been over 3 years now, and I can’t recommend Harrisson and SaiyanFit enough.

by Yukiko Shimada

Jul 2017



Extract from Nick's Race report (Full version HERE)

[...]. The following narrative is my attempt at introducing all of the pieces of the puzzle that came together for me on Sunday June 4, 2017, allowing me to successfully complete a long-held dream; that of running the Comrades Marathon in South Africa.

In October last year, I asked Harrisson Uk to coach me and manage my training regime for 8 months until race day. Harrisson, an extraordinarily gifted man possessing no end of talents, kindly accepted. This was not just some random running guy who would e-mail weekly training schedules; this was the ‘real deal’; a fully-fledged and fully-committed coach who would manage my training, my mental and physical wellbeing and all things necessary for me to make it from Durban to Pietermaritzburg. Harrisson coaches many fine athletes in Tokyo, all extremely proficient runners, and all having achieved very high levels of success.  And then, as one day rolled into the next, he was my coach too. From day one, Harrisson took a genuine interest in me, my training, my work schedules; he afforded me the same time and level of intense support that he provided to all of his elite runners. No centimetre of any training run uploaded on my Strava missed his keen eye; instructions on cadence counts, scrutiny about course selection, demands for updates on my weekly weigh-in, questions on how many hours of sleep I was getting a night, how much beer was I drinking, what milk I was putting in my latte coffees, how was I feeling on recovery days. But, questions are questions and data is data; Harrisson is more than that; so much more. Out of data he collected, he looked for trends and constantly helped to provide solutions for all sorts of issues that arose during the course of my 31 weeks of training.  Harrisson not only put the very first pieces of the puzzle in place, but with pin-point accuracy he added to it each and every day [ ...]

by Nick Coyle
June 2017