"I'd never done a marathon or any other endurance event before. I thought I was fairly fit, but Hugo's training sessions and advice were essential for me to reach an appropriate level of fitness to complete (and enjoy!) the Engadin Marathon. He took a holistic view of the challenge, and covered everything from the kit we needed, to being realistic with goals & remembering to have fun. He is so positive, so encouraging and so knowledgeable, he made the whole process from the first training session to crossing the finish line far more enjoyable and far healthier than it would have been without his coaching."
Vicky
Project Manager
“Hugo's marathon coaching achieved the magic balance of motivation, expertise and fitness. His customised monthly training plan, combined with his patience, humour and encouragement kept us on track and motivated until the very end. Whether you are hoping to get marathon-fit or take on a cross country ski adventure, Hugo's enthusiasm and dedication will make the journey, and get the desired results. I would highly recommend Hugo and Glide."
Betsy
Designer
"For my first marathon, learning a new sport which requires balance and skill is not an obvious decision. However, in Hugo, I found an excellent coach and mentor. His patience, encouragement and his specific, accurate and imaginative exercises, were essential in both learning how to Nordic skate ski and in developing endurance and strength to meet the physical challenge. Particularly, for our group of eight women, all either completely or fairly new to Nordic skiing, this could have been a challenge. However, after 6 months of Hugo’s specially crafted exercises and training, we all completed the Engadin marathon and are returning next year. I would highly recommend Hugo to anyone or any group wishing to increase their physical fitness or preparing for a specific challenge."
Jena Quinn
CEO of Studio QD
"This was my second time at ESM. Last year I prepared with my London-based PT focusing on general fitness and the Pontresina-based skating instructors. This year, replacing the generalist PT with Hugo’s customised regime of fitness and technique, shaved off a whole hour of my time! That’s what I call results. I will definitely train again with Hugo next year"
Anonymous avid skater
This was a 5* x-country ski mini break from wet, grey London to the sunlit Jura mountain range on the France/Switzerland border. Our group of varied experience on skis were taught the “skating” skiing technique together with the classic x-country style. Martin, our French ultra ski-marathon instructor and guide (together with Hugo) was expert at guiding us through the exceptional fir tree lined landscape highlighting the natural wonders with such encouragement and enthusiasm that we sampled hours every day in the mountains (or on one memorable afternoon, learning the skills required for biathlon).
There were endless kilometres of cross country ski slopes with trails groomed and wild and a night in a refuge with the best panoramic view of the Alps which I have ever seen. The sight of the sun going down over Lake Geneva was breathtaking. Every single aspect of our stay was effortlessly taken care of by Hugo from the transfers to the hotel bookings, the lunch and dinner reservations to the ski hire and mountain pass. We sampled local cheeses and wines and burnt it off very quickly the following day. It was such a good break in magical company. Thank you Hugo for an incredible experience, most of which took place on very long skis. I knew it was going to be a good trip but I had no idea how good.
Ingrid
Lawyer
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