How to become a running instructor

How to become a running instructor

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L'running instructor is a professional figure increasingly required to approach running correctly and draw all the benefits from this discipline or to improve their results when passion drives them to seek constant improvement in their performance.

Become running instructor allows you to pass on your knowledge on techniques related to the world of running having the certainty of not making mistakes to your friends or running mates, as in my case, or even, to those who wish, it allows you to offer your services for a fee, turning your passion into a profession.

In this article I will explain how to become a running instructor, also telling you about the path that I myself am following and that for now has allowed me to achieve the qualification of RunLEADER.

The role of FIDAL in the practice of running

If you search Google like "running instructor”, “running instructor”, “running coach"Or similar keywords you will get different results related to courses organized by professionals or sports associations that often offer the opportunity to acquire interesting and useful knowledge for the practice of running but which have no" official status ".

In fact thesingle reference body recognized for the practice of the discipline of running (which is part of Athletics) in Italy is the FIDAL (Italian Federation of Athletics).

There FIDAL is a body established democratically by the representatives of the sports associations affiliated to it and is part of both the international athletics bodies (the World Athletics, formerly known as IAAF, International Association of Athletics Federations, or the World Federation, and theIT'S AT, European Athletics, the European association), both of CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee), the Confederation of Italian National Sports Federations.

FIDAL is therefore the only body that can issue diplomas and qualifications recognized by our system.

The need to define a responsible body, as it is easy to imagine, is dictated by the need to ensure the teaching of techniques, methodologies and other scientifically verified knowledge and not simply dictated by the experience of a single "enthusiast".

The #RUNACADEMY project for running coaches

#RUNACADEMY is a project of FIDAL (Italian Federation of Athletics) e Runcard with the collaboration of Sports School and of Italian Running School, created to train, qualify and subsequently update running operators.

The recipients of the courses are those who already work in running groups, or aspire to do so, and who do not have the opportunity to carry out the traditional training course of athletics coaches, which requires a ISEF diploma or one Degree in Sports Sciences.

The goal is to ensure, in a similar way to what is already happening abroad, the training of a qualified professional figure who will be able to operate in amateur running groups, within associations and clubs, but also in fitness gyms. .

The #RUNACADEMY path to become RunLEADER, RunTRAINER and RunCOACH

THE #RUNACADEMY qualified training courses shared by FIDAL and the CONI School of Sport, provide for the achievement of three levels of qualification:

1st level - RunLEADER: is the course aimed at runners who wish to improve their technique and their knowledge of the world of running, to operators in the world of fitness, personal trainers. It is the ideal qualification for those who want to lead a group of runners organizing outings and workouts and for all those who for passion or for work wish to deepen their specific knowledge about running.

2nd level - RunTRAINER: is the course aimed at graduates in physical education, 1st level FIDAL instructors (1st level SNAQ) and runners, operators in the world of fitness, personal trainers, who have already undertaken the #RunAcademy training and obtained the RunLeader for at least a year.

3rd level - RunCOACH: it is the course addressed to those who have already undertaken the #RunAcademy training and have obtained the RunTrainer diploma for at least 1 year or to 2nd level FIDAL technicians (2nd level SNAQ).

How to access the #RUNACADEMY path to become RunLEADER, RunTRAINER and RunCOACH

THE #RUNACADEMY qualified training courses shared by FIDAL and from CONI Sports School they are held according to a calendar defined annually in three cities: Rome, Milan and Verona.

To register you must visit this page of the official website #RUNACADEMY:

By clicking on the "COURSES REGISTRATION" button you can read the requirements for participation and the details on the cost of each course.

The course program for RunLEADER 2020

Below I report the course program for RunLEADER 2020 also available on the official RunAcademy website, so as to provide you with a concrete indication of the topics covered in the course:

1st DAY

9.00 - 9.30: Accreditation

9.30 - 10.00: FIDAL / CONI Presentation of the Runacademy project and courses

10.00 - 11.30: CHIARA VITOBELLO Basic principles of nutrition

11.30 - 13.30: MATTEO BONATO Means and methods for endurance training

13.30 - 14.30: Lunch break

2.30 - 4.30 pm: LUIGI FERRARIS The technique of running

16.30 - 18.30: LUIGI FERRARIS Practical exercises


9.00 - 11.00: LUIGI FERRARIS The importance of shoes and technical materials

11.00 - 13.00: FRANCESCA VITALI Psychological aspects of group management

13.00 - 14.00: Lunch break

14.00 - 15.30: LUIGI FERRARIS Curiosity and insight into running and training

15.30 - 17.00: FIDAL Runcard and race regulations

17.00 - 18.00: Final exam, satisfaction questionnaires, delivery of certificates.

The course program for RunTRAINER 2020

Here is the program for the RunTRAINER 2020 course in which I will also participate, which this year will have a new format. In the first weekend the lessons will be exclusively online while in the second they will be with physical presence required in one of the 3 locations where the course will be held.

FIRST WEEKEND online 3 and 4 October 2020

1st DAY

9.00 - 9.30: Accreditation

9.30 - 11.30: CANTOR TARPERI The physiological basis of training

11.30 - 13.30: MATTEO BONATO Theory and methodology of training

13.30 - 14.30: Lunch break

2.30 pm - 4.30 pm: CHIARA VITTOBELLO Pre-, during and post-race integration

16.30 - 18.30: MATTEO BONATO Hints on programming and periodization


9.30 - 11.30: LUCA FILIPAS Set up a training schedule

11.30 - 13.30: LUIGI FERRARIS The role of strength in endurance disciplines

13.30 - 14.30: Lunch break

14.30 - 16.00: FRANCESCA VITALI Psychological aspects in endurance sports

16.00 - 17.00: LUCA FILIPAS Fatigue recovery techniques

17.00 - 18.30: FIDAL Contrast to doping

SECOND WEEKEND in physical presence in the offices of: VERONA - MILAN - ROME

1st DAY

9.00 - 9.30: Accreditation

9.30 - 11.30: MATTEO BONATO The control of the training load

11.30 - 13.30: LUIGI FERRARIS The video analysis of the race

13.30 - 14.30: Lunch break

14.30 - 16.30: LUCA FILIPAS Monitoring of the training session (Theory)

16.30 - 18.30: LUCA FILIPAS Monitoring of the training session (Practice)


9.00 - 10.00: LUCA FILIPAS Support for running training

10.00 - 11.00: LUCA FILIPAS Core stability for the prevention of injuries

11.00 - 13.00: LUIGI FERRARIS Strength exercises in endurance

13.00-14.00: Lunch break

14.00 - 16.00: CHIARA VITOBELLO The integration for the disciplines of trail running

16.00 - 17.00: LUIGI FERRARIS Materials and equipment for trail running

17.00 - 18.00: Final exam, satisfaction questionnaire, delivery of certificates.

My personal experience of RunLEADER #RUNACADEMY

Last year I enrolled in the #RUNACADEMY training course, obtaining the 1st level of RunLEADER qualification and my overall impression of the course was entirely positive, so much so that this year I have already enrolled in the 2nd level to acquire the RunTRAINER qualification.

I liked the course very much as it was able to effectively combine the theoretical teachings with the practical part where the students were able to analyze their posture in running and learn how to perform various types of exercises correctly.

I also found the teachers who followed one another and who were reconfirmed in this year's edition to be very competent and well structured in the exhibition.

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