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Hybrid Coaching

Custom training plans and coaching guidance for hybrid athletes of any level.

"Hybrid" races involve challenging strength-based exercises alternated with run intervals, often in a standardized order (so you can compare performances over time and across different venues) . Wildly popular events like Hyrox and Dekafit require raw strength and impressive endurance. Properly training for these competing aspects of fitness requires intention and planning, and we can help! 

Elevate your performance with guidance from the best! Hyrox Pro Division winner and former Dekafit record holder Faye Stenning and Olympian Jess O'Connell create custom, evidence-based, effective Hybrid training programs.

We specialize in coaching:

  • Hyrox (Open and Pro division)

  • Dekafit (Open, Age Group, Elite)

  • Fitness competitions (*depending on events required*)

The online nature of Grit Coaching makes high quality coaching accessible anywhere. We create 100% individualized training programs created based on your goals, training and injury history, equipment, and available time.

Take the guesswork out of Dekafit and Hyrox training and prepare for your next event with Hybrid coaching! 

Coach Faye Stenning

No female athlete has had as many Spartan podium finishes over the past decade as Faye - a testament to her longevity in the sport.


That said: Hybrid racing is very different than OCR! When Faye decided to try her first Hyrox she had to drastically change her training program in order to gain the strength and "compromised running" ability necessary to excel. Her efforts paid off and she WON the Pro Division at Hyrox Chicago! Faye understands the unique demands of Hybrid racing and has prepared many athletes for the challenge.

Coach Jess O'Connell

Spoiler alert: A good portion of a Hybrid competition is spent running, and Jess is just the person to help out!  

Jess O'Connell is a 2016 Olympian in the 5000m and 15x national team member in track, cross country, and road running. While competing as a professional runner, she also completed a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology. Education meets experience to help take your running to the next level!

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Hybrid Coaching Includes:

Custom Program

Each program is made for YOU based on your goals, history, equipment/terrain, and available time.

Run and strength training is designed to be complimentary. There are also options for JUST run OR strength coaching, depending on your needs.

Programs always include aspects of recovery, mobility, and injury prevention.
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Strength training is delivered through our own app which includes video and written instructions for every exercise, an option for video form analysis, and room for tracking result metrics.

Run Training is delivered via Final Surge, a platform which integrates with your smartwatch and Strava to make tracking progress and providing coaching feedback simple! 
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Coaching Guidance

Receive advice and feedback from coaches who have done it all! 

Faye shares her knowledge of hybrid racing by providing expert tips and race strategy advice.

Jess eagerly dives into the science behind training (the "why") and provides guidance on how get the most out of your program.

run and strength coaching

Integrated run and Strength coaching

The full package!


You will receive a full training program including strength and endurance training created to address your gaps and prepare you for your Hybrid racing goals.


Jess and Faye work as a TEAM to create training that is balanced and synergistic with all pieces working together based on your goals, fitness, equipment, and lifestyle. 

Strength training is delivered through our own app which includes videos of every exercise and the ability to track results.

Run training is delivered through the Final Surge platform which integrates with many GPS platforms. You are able to download your workouts directly onto your Garmin watch for ease. 

Programs are approximately 4 weeks long with variation based on your racing schedule.

Varying tiers of coaching communication and pricing are available - see below.

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GST added where applicable

run-only coaching

Run coaching
Program design + communication

Run coaching by Jessica O'Connell, Olympic runner and MSc Exercise Physiology. 

Run coaching includes a custom run training plan created for YOU based on ability, training history, schedule, and goals. Custom programs are delivered in 4 week blocks. Warm up and recovery routines are also included. There are no start up fees or term commitments.


Run training is delivered through the Final Surge platform which integrates with Strava, Garmin, and other GPS platforms. Athletes have the ability to sync interval workouts directly onto their Garmin watches for easy execution. Final Surge allows for easy training delivery and analysis by both you and Coach Jess! 

One-on-one Coaching: Work with a run coach to bring your training to the next level! This service is for athletes of any ability - from beginner to elite, recreational or competitive. You will receive a monthly training plan designed just for you based on your history, goals, and lifestyle as well as ongoing feedback, training and racing advice, education on training principles, and motivation from Olympian/Exercise Physiologist Jess! 


Between each training block, you'll have a coaching call/zoom/email with Jess to review, assess, and plan. Training communication is provided regularly (daily or weekly) through Final Surge along with options for mid-program adjustments and pre-race strategy calls.


Custom Training Plan: Looking for a structured training plan to follow while training for a big event, but don’t need regular communication? This hands-off service is ideal for experienced athletes who are looking for the accountability provided by a structured, expertly-designed custom training plan but are comfortable without regular advising. A custom training plan includes an initial phone call to discuss current training, lifestyle, schedule, and goals. Plan is delivered in four week blocks with monthly email correspondence to check in and tweak training as necessary. 


This is NOT recommended for new athletes, those who desire coaching feedback, or those recovering from an injury

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GST added where applicable


strength-only coaching

strength coaching
Program design  

Hybrid athletes looking to level up training with a custom strength program - this is for you! Custom strength programs are created by Faye Stenning, experienced hybrid competitor and kinesiologist! 


Each program block is created for YOU based on goals, training history, prior injuries, and equipment available and includes elements of strength, stability, mobility, and injury prevention. 

Strength training is delivered through our own app with videos and detailed written descriptions of every exercise. The app also allows you to record your results and video yourself to review your form.

Programs are approximately 4 weeks long, with variation due to your racing schedule.

Between each program, you'll have a phone/zoom/email check in with Faye to discuss how the program went and plan for the next.

Price: $130/month USD     $160/month CAD + gst


what Grit Coaching Hybrid athletes Say:


Signing up for Grit Coaching was one of the best things I’ve done to help and improve my training. Jess and Faye are not only two amazing athletes, but they are wonderful mentors.  They have helped me physically and mentally prepare and achieve different fitness goals already; OCR, Hyrox, 5k etc. I can’t wait to see what more is to come in my fitness journey with their knowledge and support!!  You guys are the best!!

Alanna M., OCR/Hyrox/Running

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Want to become a Grit Athlete? 

Step 1: Pick the plan that is right for you (see above)

Step 2: CLICK HERE to fill out our intake questionnaire

Step 3: Check your inbox - you will receive an email with a link to book a FREE (no obligation) coaching call to discuss your training and ensure we are a great fit

Step 4: Work hard and crush goals, empowered by your custom training plan!

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