The Pearson Method:
- Train all five bio motor abilities (Speed, Strength, Endurance, Flexibility, Coordination)
- Coach the athlete as an individual
- Practice endurance daily
- Run well above racing distance
- Develop overall body and core strength
- Develop Central Nervous System skills
- Practice speed year round
- Be very Positive - Believe in yourself
- Develop general and specific year round goals
The basic premise of the Pearson Method is that everyone will improve. We feel we have the ability to raise you to the limits of your potential. For some the goal will be to run a certain distance without stopping, and for others it will be to gain positions on national teams. Ron Clarke, holder of most of the world's distance records when Jim was a novice runner, wrote, "If Ron Clarke can do it, anyone can." Years later as the American 50 mile record holder and two-time Olympic marathon trials qualifier, Jim wrote, "If Jim Pearson can do it, anybody can." Both runners, after a lot of hard work, rose to levels well above what they had ever imagined. To raise your abilities to the goals you're aiming toward we use a system employing the ideas of such great coaches as Arthur Lydiard, Mihaly Igloi, Fred Wilt, and Bill Bowerman. Though these coaches appear on the surface to be extremely different in approach, most of their stepping stones toward success were very much alike. What may merely look to be "old school" is actually supported quite well by Toby Tanser'sTrain Hard, Win Easy which chronicles the steps to the top by Kenya's top runners.
Non runner athletes can and will succeed and improve to all levels in any sport by using either of the Pearson programs (Basic or Advanced).